Crystal Palace want Cabaye to lead top-ten bid

Crystal Palace have confirmed their interest in Yohan Cabaye, who they feel would help them achieve a top-ten Premier League finish.

The Eagles returned to the top-flight in the 2013-14 campaign under Ian Holloway, who left by mutual consent in October as they struggled to live with the elite. At the time the Selhurst Park side were five points adrift of safety, but Tony Pulis was drafted in as the new head coach and he led them to an impressive 11th place finish before surprisingly quitting in August.

Neil Warnock then returned to Palace for a second stint in charge, but he was sacked in December with the capital side in the relegation zone. Alan Pardew was happy to leave his role as Newcastle United head coach to return to the club he served as a defender, and this proved to be a shrewd appointment as results improved and they went one better by finishing in tenth place.

The aim for Palace is to now establish themselves as a regular fixture in the top-half of the Premier League standings, and Pardew will be backed to bring in more quality additions during the summer. The former Magpies boss is keen to be reunited with Cabaye, who left St James Park for Paris Saint Germain in a £20million deal in January 2014, and this interest has now been confirmed.

“That’s definitely one we would like to do,” Eagles chairman Steve Parish told talkSPORT about the France international midfielder. “If we can, it will be massive for the club. He’s a seasoned international. That’s definitely one we’re working on. For us to get into the top ten in the Premier League, we have got make sure we are bringing in top ten Premier League players.”

If PSG allow Cabaye to leave, Palace would almost certainly have to pay more than the £7million record fee they paid Wigan Athletic for James McArthur last September. The 29-year-old could become their fourth signing of the summer, following the permanent return of Wilfried Zaha, and the additions of Jordon Mutch from Queens Park Rangers and Chung-yong Lee from Bolton Wanderers.

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