Newcastle Falcons have made a move for former England powerhouse Carl Fearns, according to a report from The Rugby Paper.
The 31-year-old, who almost moved to Gloucester in 2017, has spent the last five seasons playing in France, leaving Lyon for Rouen, who are coached by Richard Hill, this past summer.
Fearns, who has previously played for Bath, had wanted to make a Premiership return in the summer but saw any move scuppered by the Covid-19 pandemic.
Falcons Director of Rugby Dean Richards is reportedly in talks with the big number 8 with a view to him making a move to the Kingston in the new year.
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He is a free agent once again after his stint with the Blues came to an end. In April, he quit the stalled Japanese scene where he won a title for the Kobe Steelers on the back of his success in France with Paris club Racing 92. The 35-year-old played 112 tests for New Zealand, winning 99 of them and scored 1598 points which remains an international record. It’s expected he will move to Major League Rugby.