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Thursday 18 September 2014

Toulon join race to capture Irish star Sexton with lucrative four-year offer

Published 23/08/2014 | 02:30

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Racing-Metro's Irish fly-half Jonathan Sexton kicks the ball to score a penalty during the French Top 14 rugby union match between Racing Metro 92 and Biarritz Olympique on April 12, 2014, at the Yves du Manoir stadium in Colombes, near Paris. AFP PHOTO / LIONEL BONAVENTURE        (Photo credit should read LIONEL BONAVENTURE/AFP/Getty Images)
Jonathan Sexton is a wanted man. LIONEL BONAVENTURE/AFP/Getty Images

Rugby: French giants Toulon have joined the race to secure Jonathan Sexton to a multi-million euro deal which would see him stay  in France until 2019 – as well as becoming the highest-paid Irish player of all time.

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And, as Racing Metro confirmed that they have set a deadline of September 15th for the 29-year-old to finalise a decision on his future, the prospects of the former Leinster favourite returning home now seem as distant as ever.

With Toulon believed to be prepared to reward Sexton with an overall annual package worth €900,000, Racing Metro may themselves have to up the ante on their current deal with the player, reported to be worth €670,000.

The IRFU were heavily criticised for allowing Sexton to leave Leinster but would find it impossible to engage in a Dutch auction with two separate rival bidders from the Top 14.

"He is thinking it over, we have discussed it with him. In his hands he has a proposal for a further four years with Racing," said Racing coach Laurent Labit.

"The deal is simple - either he extends and finishes his career here or he returns to Ireland. This is what he has to think about. But we know him, he's OK with it.

“Of course, there are other elements involved. He has a child and he has to go away and discuss it with his wife. We hope he stays. Like he says, his son was born here and in 20 years he could be France's fly-half!”

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