Northampton Saints may have some competition in their bid to sign Irish outhalf Ian Madigan.
The former Leinster man is set to leave Top 14 side Bordeaux-Begles at the end of the current season, and while the Saints believe that an offer of over £500,000 per year is enough to tempt the 27-year-old to Franklin’s Gardens, but the Rugby Paper’s Neil Fissler is alleging that there is a late player in the game:
Told Bristol have offered Ian Madigan more than the £500k tabled by Northampton Saints. Some sources say a deal with Saints is done though
— Neil Fissler (@neilfissler) February 28, 2017
Bristol, currently bottom of the Premiership, have reportedly offered Madigan more than the £500k he would be receiving at Northampton – but Fissler does go on to state that he has heard from his sources that the Saints deal has gone through.
Saints are looking to quickly fill the void left by Munster-bound JJ Hanrahan who, by moving back to Ireland, has now moved back into contention for an out-half slot in Joe Schmidt’s Ireland squad – one of the slots Madigan gave up by moving to France next summer.
Despite the likely failure to snare Madigan, Bristol are still looking to reshape their team for next season as the prospect of relegation to the Championship continues to hang over them. Already confirmed are the arrivals of Connacht head coach Pat Lam and Blues lock Steve Luatua in the summer, and on Monday they were
Already confirmed are the arrivals of Connacht head coach Pat Lam and Blues lock Steve Luatua in the summer, and on Monday they were reported to be locked in a battle with Toulon for scrum-half Tawera Kerr-Barlow.
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