Yohan Cabaye would provide guile West Ham have been missing since days of Yossi Benayoun

West Ham United have been heavily linked with Paris St Germain midfielder who is what the East Londoners have been missing for nearly a decade.

When you think of West Ham midfielders over the years some classy ball players come to mind.

Martin Peters, Sir Trevor Brooking, Alan Devonshire, Trevor Sinclair, Eyal Berkovic, Joe Cole, Michael Carrick and Yossi Benayoun are just some of those who have lit up the Boleyn Ground down the years.

In fact it is those sort of players that give a great deal of meaning to the 'West Ham Way'. However, in recent years that skill, the guile and the flair has dried up.

Former boss Sam Allardyce preferred big, powerful energetic midfielders, destroyers. He tried to bring back that missing link to thread West Ham's attacking play together by re-signing both Benayoun and Cole, but neither worked out.

Even Ravel Morrison's prodigious talents could not prosper under Big Sam. And it says a lot about the desperation amongst the Hammers faithful that some were willing to have him back when the 60-year-old departed at the end of the season despite his questionable attitude.

So West Ham's yearning for a player in the middle of the park who can produce a bit of magic to turn a game goes on.

But there could be light at the end of a decade-long tunnel for the Hammers with the news the club is in for former Newcastle United star Yohan Cabaye, as reported by the likes of the Daily Mail.

The 29-year-old was coveted by some of Europe's top clubs before signing for mega-rich PSG and it is easy to see why.

The diminutive playmaker scored 17 goals in 79 games on Tyneside and established himself as one of the best in his position in the Premier League.

The Geordies were tempted by PSG's £19 million offer, though, and the France international's talents were lost to the English top flight.

But after just one goal in 36 games since his return to his homeland, Cabaye is reportedly ready to come back, with the Hammers, Crystal Palace, Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur all said to be interested.

With new manager Slaven Bilic famed for his attack-minded approach, West Ham fans are hoping players like Cabaye will be back on the club's agenda again.

Former striker Dean Ashton agrees and says it is the key area the club needs to address this summer.

He told Sky Sports: "For me, what they need has got to be on the creative midfield side, or a winger to create something for the forwards.

"I think that’s what West Ham have lacked in recent years, that player who can thread a pass and produce a bit of magic to set the forwards going.”

West Ham fans would wholeheartedly agree.

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