Tottenham Hotspur are in discussions with Lassana Diarra's representatives to offer the French international's career a Premier League lifeline, with French publication L'Equipe reporting that talks are now at an advanced stage.
Diarra is a free agent after leaving Lokomotiv Moscow last summer, with the former Arsenal, Chelsea and Real Madrid midfielder quite surprisingly still searching for a new club as he head towards November.
The 29-year-old has spoken to Marseille and nearly joined Queens Park Rangers last month, but L'Equipe believe Spurs have put together a lucrative financial package to persuade the 28-cap Les Blues international to complete a shock move to White Hart Lane in the next two weeks.
Performance-related bonuses could tip the balance
Spurs have offered Diarra a contract which includes a healthy salary, signing bonus and performance-related add-ons if he delivers the goods, with his versatility one of the reasons Mauricio Pochettino is so keen on the deal.
Diarra can play at right-back as well as central midfield, which with Kyle Walker still struggling to regain full fitness means an experienced addition would be a massive boost for a frustratingly inconsistent Spurs team.
QPR collapse should serve as warning sign
Before Spurs fans get too excited about the possibility of landing a Chelsea and Arsenal reject they should remember what happened to QPR around a month ago.
QPR believed they had Diarra signed and sealed, with Harry Redknapp looking to sign a player he previously worked with brilliantly at Portsmouth.
Wage demands are likely to be high
Diarra's representatives made demands that the Hoops simply couldn't match though, which eventually meant the proposed move was scrapped as negotiations rumbled on without either side finding a compromise.
That snub means it's effectively between Marseille and Spurs to sign a man with experience at the very highest level of European football, but there's still some way to go before either club can get this protracted deal signed and sealed.