Leicester Tigers boss Geordan Murphy has revealed that they are on the verge of signing a mystery second-row for next season.
When shooting down the report that Maro Itoje could be heading to Welford Road, Murphy revealed: “We actually are in the process of finalising someone in that position and we will release that when we are ready, hopefully early next week.”
1. Nick Isiekwe
Leicester, Gloucester, and Sale Sharks have been in negotiations for the highly-rated 21-year-old for a number of months now.
The lock made his Saracens debut aged 18 and a mere year later was earning his first international cap for England.
Prior to that, he plied his trade at Old Albanian before joining the Sarries Academy and represented his country from Under-16 to Under-20 level.
Trialling many positions in that time, Isiekwe was tried at prop, centre, back row and lock – his height dictating the latter would be the preferred outcome.
Isiekwe has already featured over 50 times for his boyhood club, but will leave this summer following their relegation. He’d be a perfect signing.