Harlequins speedster Chris Ashton was thought to to be “on his way” to Worcester Warriors, according to The Eggchasers Pod.
The podcast, which is a well respected weekly podcast that airs on Mondays, revealed the link.
However, The Rugby Paper is now reporting that Newcastle Falcons and Northampton Saints have joined the race to sign the 33-year-old speedster.
There is also reportedly a keen interest from Japan where a number of high-profile players, including Alex Goode and George Kruis, have made moves in recent time.
Ashton, who scored 20 tries in his 44 England caps, joined Quins in February 2020 after leaving Sale Sharks.
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The winger has a remarkable scoring record in all competitions including 20 tries in 44 England Tests.
At the time of signing, the former Saracens, Toulon and Northampton star was the Premiership’s third highest ever try-scorer with 86.
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Chris Ashton picks his five ‘definites’ for Lions XV
Rugby Union Weekly presenter and ex-England wing Chris Ashton has picked out his five ‘definites’ for his Lions XV to face the Springboks this summer.
1&2. Sam Underhill & Tom Curry (England)
“There is no debate with either Tom Curry or Sam Underhill. You’re going to South Africa, you need tacklers. These two have proven that they are the best tacklers and poachers in the business. They are going to be essential playing against South Africa.”