Done deal - Toulon owner confirms Paul O'Connell has signed two-year deal with French giants
Toulon owner Mourad Boudjellal has confirmed that Paul O’Connell has signed a two-year contract with the Top 14 club.
There were conflicting reports in the French press today regarding Paul O'Connell's proposed move to the reigning Champions Cup winners, but Boudjellal has confirmed to RTE Sport that the Munster lock has signed a two-year deal.
It was widely expected that Ireland captain will move to the French side after this year's World Cup after the IRFU agreed to release the inspirational second row a year early from his contract.
French rugby newspaper Midi Olympique cast doubts on the move today, suggesting the Limerick man's shoulder injury concerns have led to the club evaluating other alternatives.
Toulon are short in the second row department after the retirements of Bakkies Botha and Ali Williams at the end of last season.
The article suggests that O'Connell may still be signed the French giants after the World Cup as a ‘medical joker’, helping them to save money on his salary.
Regional Var-Martin pours cold water on the story that O'Connell's move is in jeopardy and say that Toulon president Mourad Boudjellal has confirmed to the paper a one-year deal has been agreed, with the option of a second year.
Fears over his physical well-being are dismissed, stating that O'Connell passed all the medical tests during a club examination.
The French transfer deadline is midnight tonight.