Ex-Wales scrum-half Howley, a Heineken Cup winner with Wasps, was forced to hang up his boots last month due to a crippling wrist injury.
Since then he has been targeted by Cardiff boss Young to join new kicking coach Jenkins at the Arms Park. And the deal looks set to be wrapped up before Christmas.
"We are talking and hopefully we will be able to make a positive announcement this month," confirmed Howley.
That would be a major coup for Cardiff who have struggled in Europe since losing Howley to Wasps two years ago. He could now be back with the Blues for the New Year.
However Howley will first assist Australian World Cup winner Bob Dwyer to coach the Barbarians against New Zealand at Twickenham this Saturday.
"I was humbled when I was asked to coach the Barbarians. I captained them in 2002 under Bob and it is great to be involved in a coaching capacity with such outstanding players," said Howley. "It's quite an impressive list of players to have on my first coaching CV."
Members of the WRU Board were invited to attend a training session where sumo wrestlers were being put through their paces and as WRU President Dennis Gethin reveals, the Tokyo visit will live long in the memory.
Representatives from the WRU and the Welsh Assembly government were invited to meet some of Japan's leading businesses. WRU chief executive Roger Lewis and Wales head coach Robin McBryde were among the guests.
Following Wales Under 20's second win of the Junior World Championship over Scotland, a lot of hard work is still required ahead of the Pool decider against Argentina on Thursday. WRU TV took a look behind the scenes.
Wales Under 20 coach Danny Wilson, captain Ellis Jenkins and winger Owen Jenkins give their post match reaction after recording a comfortable win over Samoa in the opening game of the Junior World Championship in France.