STATEMENT | Harlequins accept six-figure transfer fee for Gabriel Ibitoye

Harlequins have confirmed today that Gabriel Ibitoye will leave the Club with immediate effect to join French Top14 club, Agen.

Following Ibitoye’s request to leave the London Club during rugby’s COVID-19 hiatus, Harlequins, who ‘were committed to retaining the services of Ibitoye’, have now agreed to let him join Agen after reaching a satisfactory compensation fee for the mid-season transfer.

The fee is thought to be in the region of £120,000 for the talented England U20 speedster.

Harlequins head into the remainder of the postponed 2019/20 Gallagher Premiership season extremely well resourced on the wing.

With the long-awaited return from injury of England prospect Nathan Earle, the impressive Cadan Murley, the Champions Cup record try-scorer Chris Ashton, young South African star Tyrone Green (set to arrive the Club shortly) and the versatility of fullbacks Aaron Morris and Ross Chisholm and skilful centre Joe Marchant – the latter of whom has featured on the wing for the Blues during his loan spell in Super Rugby earlier this year – the Club heads towards rugby’s return at The Stoop on August 14 against Sale Sharks well-stocked on the wing.

The Club recently welcomed back to training England’s most-capped full-back, Mike Brown, who is in line to make his return against Sale, nine months after his last appearance in the Quarters.

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British & Irish Lions predicted 2021 starting XV according to the bookies

Fullback: LIAM WILLIAMS (Wales 4/7)

Other contenders: Stuart Hogg (Scotland 4/6), Jordan Larmour (Ireland EVS), Leigh Halfpenny (Wales 5/1), George Furbank (England 7/2)


Left wing: JONNY MAY (England 1/25)

Other contenders: Jacob Stockdale (Ireland 1/3), Adam Radwan (England 40/1), Jack Nowell (England 11/4), Louis Rees-Zammit (Wales 13/8)


Outside-centre: JONATHAN DAVIES (Wales 1/3)

Other contenders: Henry Slade (England 5/6), Garry Ringshow (Ireland 4/6), Jonathan Joseph (England 13/8), Chris Harris (Scotland 20/1), Huw Jones (Scotland 6/1)


Inside-centre: MANU TUILAGI (England 1/3)

Other contenders: Robbie Henshaw (Ireland 5/6), Hadleigh Parkes (Wales 5/4), Sam Johnson (Scotland 9/2)


Right wing: JOSH ADAMS (Wales 1/18)

Other contenders: Anthony Watson (England 4/6), George North (Wales 2/1), Elliot Daly (England 10/11), Joe Cokanasiga (England 3/1), Keith Earls (Ireland 9/2)

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