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."
Despite drawing with Ireland in the opening round of the RBS 6 Nations, Wales defence coach Shaun Edwards believes the championship 'is still in our hands' as he prepares his side to face Scotland at Principality Stadium tomorrow.
Meet the members of the WRU's inaugural Youth Board - after an online selection process which saw a host of high calibre candidates submit video applications the WRU has made its first 15 appointments.The board is made up of individuals aged between 16 and 21, and will meet for the first time at Principality Stadium on Monday 15th February.
The Wales Women's team headed to Dare Valley Country Park on a team bonding exercise as the entire squad got together for the very first time in preparation for this season's Six Nations championship which kicks off on Saturday with a clash against defending champions Ireland, in Donnybrook.
Wales Head Coach Warren Gatland discusses his team selection for the opening round of the RBS 6 Nations where he leads his side against Ireland, on Sunday. As WRU TV's Luke Brodley discovers, Gatland is fully aware of the challenges the defending champions pose