Saint-Etienne are optimistic of signing Cardiff full-back Kevin Theophile-Catherine on a permanent basis following the expiration of his loan at the French outfit.

According to reports, Saint-Etienne want to reward the efforts of the versatile defender, who can play either full-back spot, as his performances have helped the to 5th in the Ligue 1 table.

Being just seven points behind current champions Paris Saint-Germain, Theophile-Catherine has been an integral part of the joint-second meanest defence in the top division in France, conceding just 24 goals in 30 games.

Starting his career at fellow Ligue 1 side Stade Rennes, Theophile-Catherine is no stranger to the French league after making nearly 100 appearances for The Red and Blacks.

Arriving in England in the summer of 2013 for £2.2 million when Cardiff signed him, much was expected of the 25 year-old.

Enjoying a glistening youth career which culminated in being part of the sides that won both the French U-18 Cup in 2007, and then the National U-19 trophy in 2008, his career was stunted when his form in the Premier League with the Bluebirds didn’t live up to expectations.

After being sent out a season long loan at the start of the 2014-15 season, the French defender has made the most of his chance back in his home land.

Following the expiration of his loan, Saint-Etienne have an option to sign the full-back permanently for £1.5 million, however Theophile-Catherine is wanting to assess his options prior to signing for The Greens.