England prop Kyle Sinckler is set to leave Harlequins at the end of the season with Bristol Bears and Gloucester wrestling over the powerhouse tighthead.
But according to freelance rugby journalist Jon Newcombe, the Bears have won the race to sign 26-year-old, who has won 25 caps for his country since making his debut in 2016.
Kyle Sinckler to Bristol Bears looks very likely I’m hearing. Imagine if they ever manage to persuade Ellis Genge to return home. What a front row that would be— Jon Newcombe (@RugbyTimes) December 9, 2019
The Cherry & Whites had emerged as favourites to sign Sinckler, but Bristol have come in with an improved offer, thought to be above £500,000 per season, to land the elite scrummager.
It’s now thought that Gloucester will now turn their attention to another England tighthead in Harry Williams with Neil Fissler suggesting Exeter Chiefs are struggling to tie him down to a new contract.