Cardiff Blues are set to release new signing Franco van der Merwe before he has played a game with London Irish his next likely destination.
The Welsh region announced in January the 34-year-old lock had signed from Ulster for the 2017-18 season.
But now the once-capped South Africa second row could be heading to the Aviva Premiership, joining the newly promoted Exiles.
It has been reported that the Blues believe they have enough locks, with young star Seb Davies impressing on Wales’ summer tour.
Bristol, who are looking to return to the Premiership at the first time of asking, is also rumoured to be interested in the player.