Wales international Dan Biggar is set to be the subject of a tug-of-war after attracting interest from Premiership side Northampton.
With JJ Hanrahan set to return to Munster at the end of the season, Saints are on the market for a new fly-half and, according to WalesOnline, have earmarked the 27-year-old to fill the vacancy set to be left by the Irishman.
However, any move for Biggar will not be quite as straightforward as Northampton would like, due to Biggar’s contract situation. The Welsh Rugby Union and Ospreys each own a share in his contract (60-40 in favour of the latter) and, according to the report, when the player met the WRU for talks regarding a potential offer he was told in no uncertain terms that he would be not going anywhere – despite the Pro12 side being relatively well-equipped in that position.
His club and country are both determined to keep as many star players in Wales as possible and would be loath to let him leave, especially before his contract expires in 2018.
For their part, Northampton are reported to be prepared to place in front of Biggar an “offer he can’t refuse,” but the noises coming out of the Liberty Stadium and from the WRU suggest that unless Northampton offer to buy out his contract with a substantial financial package that would be virtually impossible to reject, Biggar will remain in his homeland for the next 18 months at least.
In the meantime, Biggar has the small matter of a Six Nations clash against England to prepare for. That said, he was replaced at half-time against Italy on Sunday after sustaining a rib injury, and looks set to be replaced by Ospreys teammate Sam Davies for this weekend’s match unless he can prove his fitness this week to coach Rob Howley.