Price of £250,000 for Faletau

Date published: June 22 2015

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Wales number eight Taulupe Faletau's future remains uncertain with reports he could be signed by two Premiership clubs for the right transfer fee.

Faletau missed the deadline to sign a national dual contract and according to reports in Wales could be snapped up by either Bath or Northampton.

Given that Faletau has a year to run on his contract, either club would have to pay a rumoured price of £250,000 which was also believed to be the fee paid by Northampton to sign George North two seasons ago.

Faletau is set to be away at the Rugby World Cup with Wales until November which has kept the Dragons open-minded when it comes to keeping the British and Irish Lions forward at Rodney Parade.

Cardiff Blues have also shown an interest in signing Faletau, who could leave the Dragons for nothing at the end of 2015/2016 when his contract expires.

“It has to be better that he stays in Wales rather than goes outside the country," Blues chairman Peter Thomas told WalesOnline.

“If the Dragons opt to make a business decision to release him, then I would fully understand that.

“Cardiff Blues are most definitely interested in the player coming to us and I am sure Warren would be delighted at keeping him in Wales."

Bath missed out on signing South Africa number eight Duane Vermeulen, who has joined Toulon, while Northampton have also lost Samu Manoa to the European champions – making both sides a natural fit.

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