Toulon president reacts to speculation linking star with Premiership switch

Toulon president Mourad Boudjellal has poured cold water on rumours that powerhouse back-rower Samu Manoa could be set for a stunning return to Saints.

Boudjellal has revealed that no offer has been made by Saints, who would need to buy Manoa out of his contract, which is understood to be worth around £600k per year and runs until 2019.

“I read a lot of things in the press,” Boudjellal told the French media.


“I read that Northampton has made me a wonderful offers for Samu. But I’m still waiting. All this is wrong.”

With Saints looking to fill the void left by Louis Picamoles’ move to Montpellier, there were rumours that Manoa may return to Franklin’s Gardens for a second spell.

The 32-year-old was a fan favourite during his first stint with the club, winning the supporters’ player of the year award in 2013 and 2014.

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