Tuesday 25 October 2016

Wasps hope to lure Leigh Halfpenny away from Toulon in the next two weeks

Published 22/12/2015 | 22:13

Leigh Halfpenny
Leigh Halfpenny

Wasps are hopeful that their overtures over the next fortnight will be enough to persuade Wales and Toulon fullback Leigh Halfpenny to join the Premiership side.

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Halfpenny, who has not played since sustaining an injury in a World Cup warm up against Italy, is yet to sign a new deal with the French giants, and is said to be considering offers from numerous clubs in England as well as the Scarlets, with the Welsh Union eager to employ him on a dual contract.

Wasps are in need of a fullback to replace the Ulster bound Charles Piutau and Toulon president Mourad Boudjellal has stated that he expects Halfpenny to sign for Dai Young’s outfit should he not renew his stay in the south of France.

Of course, Boudjellal famously threatened to terminate the Lions full back’s contract in 2014 following a spat of injuries, and he’s only made 16 appearances for the club since arriving there on a two-year deal from the Cardiff Blues at the beginning of the 2014-15 campaign. The 26-year-old is not expected to be match-ready until March.

Universally lauded as among the best place-kickers in the game, Halfpenny’s departure would be a considerable one, even for the three-in-a-row European Champions.

Indeed, both Wasps and Toulon have recently bettered Leinster in Pool 5 of the Champions Cup , and are scheduled to meet in the next round of fixtures in January. The English outfit currently top the group, with Bernard Laporte’s side trailing them by six points with a game in hand.

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