Report: Crystal Palace in talks with Kevin Theophile-Catherine

Roy Hodgson, Manager of Crystal Palace celebrates his sides third goal during the Premier League match between Leicester City and Crystal Palace at The King Power Stadium on December 16,...

Kevin Theophile-Catherine could return to the Premier League from Ligue 1 outfit St Etienne with Crystal Palace keen.

Guingamp's French midfielder Nicolas Benezet (L) vies with Saint-Etienne's French defender Kevin Theophile-Catherine during the French L1 match Guingamp against Saint-Etienne December 20,...

Three years after leaving the English game for France, Kevin Theophile-Catherine has been lined up for a return to the Premier League this summer.

According to the Sun (15 April, page 61), Crystal Palace are on the lookout for a right-back and could make a move for the 28-year-old St Etienne defender in this summer’s transfer window.

Theophile-Catherine will be a free agent when his contract expires in a few months and looks likely to leave the Stade Geoffrey Guichard, having fallen out of favour since Mathieu Debuchy’s arrival, and subsequent renaissance, in January.

Saint-Etienne's French defender Mathieu Debuchy celebrates after scoring a goal during the French L1 football match between Lyon (OL) and Saint-Etienne (ASSE) on February 25, 2018, at the...

The Sun adds that the former France U21 international is keen to return to the Premier League having spent the 2013/14 season in the top flight with Cardiff City. He started 26 games under Malky Mackay and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as the Bluebirds ended their debut Premier League campaign with relegation.

And Palace could hand Theophile-Catherine his wish with the Sun reporting that Palace have already been in contact over a potential move.

Manchester City's Bosnian striker Edin Dzeko (R) vies with Cardiff City's French defender Kevin Theophile-Catherine (L) during the English Premier League football match between Manchester...

It remains to be seen, however, whether a move to Selhurst Park will depend on Roy Hodgson’s side avoiding relegation to the Championship this season.

Theophile-Catherine is likely to be seen as a replacement for Dutch international Timothy Fosu-Mensah, who will return to parent club Manchester United this summer.

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