PSG look to have finally beat Manchester United to the race to sign free agent Lassana Diarra.
The 32-year-old is currently without a club after having his contract mutually terminated by Al Jazira in December, and has been widely tipped to return to Europe.
Jose Mourinho was reported to be interested in a potential reunion with the French midfielder, having managed Diarra at Real Madrid.
But according to ESPN, the former Chelsea and Arsenal ace is closing in on a move to link up with the Ligue 1 leaders.
They claim that Les Parisien boss Unai Emery has convinced sporting director Antero Henrique over the need to sign a defensive midfielder.
Question remarks still remain over Thiago Motta, who has become somewhat of a peripheral figure at Parc des Princes since turning 35 in August.
PSG are believed to have persuaded the 34-cap international to reject an approach from the Red Devils.
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Diarra had to convince the medical staff at the French club that he is up to match fitness, and is now ready to complete a move back to Ligue 1
He spent two seasons at Marseille before leaving for Abu Dhabi, and is expected to put pen to paper on a short-term deal.
Diarra is well known to English fans, having won an FA Cup and League Cup with Chelsea in 2007, before winning the FA Cup again a year later with Portsmouth.