Report: Crystal Palace 'very interested' in signing Saint-Etienne's Yann M'Vila

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M'Vila is already close friends with one Crystal Palace player.

Saint-Etienne's French midfielder Yann M'vila (L) and Saint-Etienne's French defender Mathieu Debuchy (R) react at the end of the French L1 football match between Montpellier and Saint...

Crystal Palace are 'very interested' in Saint-Etienne midfielder Yann M'Vila, according to France Football.

M'Vila only signed for Les Verts from Rubin Kazan in January, and has played 14 times for his new employers, who are a good bet for Europa League qualification this season.

Yann M'Vila of Sunderland takes on Olivier Giroud of Arsenal during the Barclays Premier League match between Sunderland and Arsenal at the Stadium of Light on April 24, 2016 in Sunderland,...

But the Frenchman - whose contract runs until the end of next season - has already hinted at a summer move, saying he would be open to a return to England, where he spent a season on loan at Sunderland.

And given his close friendship with Mamadou Sakho - his teammate at various international age levels - a move to Crystal Palace would likely appeal to M'Vila.

Central midfield is certainly an area in which Palace could do business this summer, with Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Erdal Rakip due back at Chelsea and Benfica respectively, and the contracts of James McArthur and another Frenchman, Yohan Cabaye yet to be renewed.

Would M'Vila be a good addition for Crystal Palace?

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