Skysports.com understands former Arsenal defender Efstathios Tavlaridis is poised for a return to England in the January transfer window.
Tavlaridis is understood to be available on a free transfer and St Etienne are resigned to losing him when the transfer window reopens.
The Greek international has proved to be a major success in France after failing to earn regular first-team action during his three years at Arsenal.
A number of Premier League sides are understood to be ready to offer Tavlaridis a route back to England and the player's agent Willie McKay is confident a deal can be struck next month.
"I am speaking to a number of Premier League clubs about Stathis and I am confident he will be back playing in England next month," McKay told skysports.com.
"Stathis is available on a free and I know Stathis is keen to come back to England.
"So hopefully everything will get sorted in January."