Although George Ford’s move to the Leicester Tigers has yet to be officially confirmed, The Times believe the England fly-half has already agreed to move to Welford Road next summer.
Ford’s anticipated departure comes as little surprise, as any number of clubs ranging from Toulon to the Sale Sharks had been linked with a move for the 23-year-old in recent weeks.
His expected transfer has already set in train a series of subsequent transfers. Gloucester having already announced the capture of Owen Williams from the Tigers and the return of James Hook to the Ospreys.
Indeed, the Northampton Saints were also reported to have been interested in Ford, and appeared to be making space in their squad after Munster confirmed the signing of JJ Hanrahan. Nevertheless, it appears as though the Tigers have won the race to sign Ford.
However, according to The Telegraph, Bath are moving quickly to replace Ford, having made an approach to sign Freddie Burns, who is reportedly unhappy at the prospect of playing second fiddle to the incumbent England fly-half at the Leicester Tigers.
Although The Telegraph didn’t delve into specifics, they did state that the five-times capped international is happy to move the Bath where his family is based.
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