Leicester Tigers fly-half George Ford has reportedly opened talks with a Gallagher Premiership rival, according to the Telegraph.
The report suggest that ‘Sale Sharks are increasingly confident of signing the England fly-half George Ford who is mulling a shock move away from Premiership leaders Leicester Tigers.’
It goes on to say: ‘The lure of returning to his north-west roots is understood to be a strong pull for Ford, who frequently returns to his home town of Saddleworth from his flat in Leicester.’
Sale are in the market for a new number 10 after their current first choice AJ MacGinty confirmed he’s leaving the AJ Bell to join Bristol Bears.
The Sharks attempted to sign Ford once before in 2017 when the fly-half left Bath, but at that time they were outbid by a desperate Leicester Tigers.
Ford has also been linked with moves overseas since he was dropped by England head coach Eddie Jones, although sources close to the player suggest he’s still keen to add to his 76 caps.
THURSDAY’S TRANSFER ROUND-UP:
SIGNED: Exeter have alleviated the loss of South African Jacques Vermeulen to injury by signing Argentina back-rower Santiago Grondona for the remainder of the 2021/22 Gallagher Premiership season. FULL STORY
SIGNED: Wasps have signed ex-Scotland prop Gordon Reid on a short-term deal. Last capped at the World Cup in 2019, the 34-year-old loosehead has been playing recently in the Scottish Premiership for Marr. FULL STORY
RUMOUR: Bristol Bears director of rugby Pat Lam is reportedly investigating whether Saracens and England star Mako Vunipola would be open to a return to the city he started his professional career in. FULL STORY
SIGNED: Fly-half AJ MacGinty has agreed terms to switch to Bristol Bears ahead of the 2022/23 campaign, we are delighted to reveal. FULL STORY