Sale Sharks have emerged as surprise favourite to sign England fly-half George Ford
The Sharks could pay up to £600k to secure the playmakers services
Ford has been unsettled at the club since his father was sacked at the end of last season
Sale Sharks could be on the verge of a massive signing after the North West club emerged as favourites to signed England fly-half George Ford for the 2017/18 Aviva Premiership season.
The 23-year-old has reportedly opted out of the final year of his contract, which means he can be considered a free agent at the end of this season with Sale rumoured to be willing offer the fly-half a massive £600k a year a wage.
A move to Toulon has already been ruled out by Ford, who seems keen to continue his England career, which has left Sale as the current favourites.
Sharks Director of Rugby Steven Diamond recently told Neil Fissler at The Rugby Paper that the club intends to sign five or six world-class signings in the next year as long as their wage demands are sensible.
The move would see Ford, who is from Oldham, move back to his native North West. It’s also reported that his girlfriend, Jess Portman, study’s at Manchester university,
Northampton Saints and his old club Leicester Tigers also remain very interested in the fly-half but with their wage caps being almost full it would be tougher for them to bring in Ford.
Exeter Chiefs and Worcester Warriors have also been linked with Ford.