Alan Pardew confirms Crystal Palace are interested in signing free agent Mathieu Flamini

Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew

Flamini was released by Arsenal at the end of last season.

Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew

Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew has confirmed that he is looking to add another midfielder to his squad after the close of the transfer window and admitted that former Arsenal midfielder Mathieu Flamini is a primary target, as quoted by Sky Sports.

The Eagles are man light in midfield after this summer, with winger Andros Townsend the only midfielder to have arrived, but having seen Yannick Bolasie and former captain Mile Jedinak depart for Everton and Aston Villa respectively.

With targets now severely limited to free agents following the close of the transfer window, speculation has grown in recent days that Palace could target Flamini, who was released by the Gunners at the end of last season.

Flamini would appear on paper to be a high-quality like-for-like replacement for Jedinak in the holding midfield enforcer role.

Arsenal's Mathieu Flamini looks dejected after missing a chance

Pardew confirmed to reporters on Tuesday that he is indeed looking for another midfielder, and admitted that he is hoping to tempt experienced Frenchman Flamini to Selhurst Park.

The Palace boss said, via Sky Sports: "Mathieu is a player I am looking at, yes. He would give us a bit more experience to winning games. I like the fact whenever he played, he played in the big, big games at Arsenal when they needed someone to kind of lead the team over the line and get big results.

"Mathieu's name was always on that list [of targets]. I have always admired what he's done, so I am looking at him. I think his experience is something I am looking at, yes.

"We've had a couple of meetings with Mathieu to talk about what he would do here and how he would feel about competing with [Yohan] Cabaye, [James] McArthur, [Jason] Puncheon, [Jordon] Mutch, Chung [Yong Lee] and [Joe] Ledley," Pardew added.

Arsenal's Mathieu Flamini in action with Barcelona's Andres Iniesta

"We do face strong competition for him, but mainly from clubs who have got a much higher profile than us. There are others we are considering. There are one or two others floating about who are always of interest."

Flamini would certainly bring a certain level of both class and experience to the Palace midfield if he was indeed brought in at Selhurst.

He played a big role as a squad rotation player at Arsenal in his second spell at the Gunners, playing nearly 100 times in three seasons in all competitions.

In total, he has racked up just shy of 400 senior competitive appearances for Marseille, Arsenal, and AC Milan, as well as winning three caps for France.

Arsenal's Mathieu Flamini is shown a yellow card by referee Kevin Friend

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