Toulon’s Delon Armitage is eyeing a move to Bath next season as the former England full-back seeks an Aviva Premiership return.
The 32-year-old is out of contract this summer and could end up surplus to requirements at Stade Mayol, owing in part to tougher rules around the quotas of homegrown players at French clubs.
Last year’s Premiership finalists Bath are in early discussions with Armitage over a deal to bring the 26-cap star to the Recreation Ground, Press Association Sport understands.
Armitage is finding his future options in France limited, with triple European champions Toulon stalling on retaining his services beyond the summer.
The former London Irish player has proved integral to Toulon conquering Europe in the last three successive seasons, having joined the French giants in 2012.
Now, though, Toulon owner Mourad Boudjellal may see no room for Armitage next term, after Wales full-back Leigh Halfpenny committed his future to the Cote d’Azur club.
Wasps came close to convincing British and Irish Lions full-back Halfpenny to make a move to England, but the 27-year-old has opted to take up the final year of his contract with Toulon.
Next season all Top 14 teams must have at least 14 players registered with the French Rugby Federation (FFR) for five years before turning 21, or to have spent at least three years in an approved training centre if under 21.
This has alerted a number of Premiership clubs to the potential availability of Steffon Armitage with Wasps and Northampton Saints believed to be interested.
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