Transfer Rumours: European club close in on Kieran Read signing

All Blacks’ captain Kieran Read is so keen on a post-World Cup career in Paris that he is even willing to forgo even more money elsewhere, according to reports in France.

If claims in rugby newspaper Midi Olympique are any indication, the paper suggests that Read, which it has described as the greatest number 8 of his generation, would be on similar money to Dan Carter if – as it predicts – he signs for his former team-mate’s old club, Racing 92.

The club is said to have identified him as their top priority before the start of the November internationals. And the 33-year-old has already publicly said that his post-World Cup future lies away from New Zealand.

If realised, the deal could see Read form a formidable pack unit alongside the likes of Leone Nakarawa, Donnacha Ryan, Bernard Le Roux and Wenceslas Lauret.

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