Crystal Palace are keen on signing Fanni, who has also been linked with Liverpool.
A few months ago, the 33-year-old centre-back was also in the Guardian, being linked with a move to Liverpool, with the experienced defender of the quality to improve many back-lines, even if only for a short-time due to his age.
The new report claims that the Reds’ interest is remaining in Fanni, but Palace have become the front-runners to sign the veteran defender, who has over 300 appearances in Ligue 1 - as well as five French caps to his name.
Able to play in the centre of defence, as well as cover in the right-back position, Fanni would add talent to the Eagles’ back-line, and would provide Pardew with a wealth of options in his defensive unit.
As his contact with Marseille expires this summer, Fanni would be available on a free transfer, and at his age he is likely to agree a cut-price wage packet to guarantee playing time.
Although Fanni is ageing, and is unlikely to be able to cut it out at Premier League level for more than a few years, he would be a great acquisition for Palace, and Pardew would be wise to approach the defender in the coming weeks to wrap up a deal for him.