Leicester prepare mega offer for Tuilagi

Date published: November 10 2015

Leicester Tigers boss Richard Cockerill has revealed that the club have made Manu Tuilagi an offer that could make him one of the highest-paid players in the world.

Tuilagi remains sidelined through injury but has been linked with moves to Toulouse and Saracens once his contract expires at the end of the season.

The 24-year-old is eligible to speak to other clubs from January but Cockerill is confident that the Premiership giants can keep hold of one of their prized assets.

"We have put our best foot forward contractually. He wants to stay," Cockerill told BBC Radio Leicester.

"We've made an offer that would put him up there with the highest-paid players in the world and we are waiting for that answer."

Cockerill however refused to put a return date on Tuilagi's long-term injury layoff with a groin injury – with the England back not expected to play until 2016.

Cockerill added: "He's progressing really well. I don't really want to put a deadline or comeback date on it. We just have to make sure he is making good progress.

"When he is back he is back, but hopefully it is early in the new year.

"There's lots of rugby left in him. There's another 10 years left in Manu and, certainly in the next three years, we'd like him to be here and we have made that known."