Former Fulham, Tottenham and Sunderland midfielder Steed Malbranque has set his sights on a return to the Barclays Premier League as a free agent following the termination of his two-year contract with Saint Etienne reports the Daily Mirror.
The 31-year-old Frenchman only signed for the Ligue 1 outfit three weeks ago, and having played just 26 minutes for his new club in their opening game of the new season, Malbranque declared he was retiring from football, for 'personal' reasons.
Saint Etienne have since rejected the player's offer to return, and after completing the signing of Leeds United winger Max Gradel, agreed to the mutual termination of his contract.
News of his availability may tempt any one of Malbranque's former clubs, with Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp known to be in the market for midfield additions.
Spurs completed a deadline day deal for Scott Parker, and managed to keep hold of Luka Modric despite strong interest from Chelsea, but the White Hart Lane departure of Wilson Palacios, David Bentley and Jermaine Jenas leaves Redknapp a little light in the midfield department.
With a UEFA Europa League campaign also to consider, the fixtures will soon come thick and fast for Tottenham, and whilst Redknapp has indicated his intention to give a chance to a number of the club's talented youngsters, Malbranque would add valuable experience to the line-up if he were to move back to north London in the capacity of a second-string, fringe player.