Wasps keen on Armitage

Date published: May 17 2016

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Toulon back-row Steffon Armitage has been linked with a move to Premiership side Wasps after it was reported that the player wants to head back to England.

Armitage, who moved from London Irish in 2011, has part of the successful Top 14 powerhouse club for the past five years.

During this time the 30-year-old loose forward has won the European Player of the Year in 2014 and also three consecutive European titles with Toulon.

And in a new development, Wasps director of rugby Dai Young has indicated that he would want to sign the skillful flanker.

"We would certainly be interested in bringing somebody like Steffon back," Young told BBC Sport.

"But we have had no contact with Toulon at all and, until that becomes a reality, we've nothing to comment on."

Big-spending Wasps will be losing the seasoned former Wallaby stalwart, George Smith, as well as Charles Piutau at the end of the season.

Young has already secured the signature of Kurtley Beale and Danny Cipriani and there have been reports around the signing of Springbok full-back Willie le Roux ahead of next season, as well.

"We are an easy target when we are losing the likes of George Smith and Charles Piutau," Young said.

"Of course we would be looking at these players, or players of that position.

"But we are nowhere near down the road with any of them really."

Toulon owner Mourad Boudjellal has however said that despite his willingness to relieve Armitage of his contract it will come at a high price.

England head coach Eddie Jones has expressed his interest in possibly selecting the powerful back-row for the June international tour to Australia.

"We know that Steffon's agent is enquiring in the Premiership," Young added.

"Yes, we would be interested but, at what levels, we don't know, and he's a Toulon player at this time.

"If Steffon is looking to come back to England, I am sure we are one of 12 Premiership teams who would be interested in him."

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