Nick Kennedy is reportedly on the verge of joining Harlequins after his request to be released from his contract with Toulon was agreed to.
The second-rower played a key role in Toulon's Heineken Cup victory last season but struggled to settle in France.
With the added incentive of a possible England berth should he return to his home country, the 31-year-old asked to leave the Top 14 outfit.
"Winning the Heineken Cup was a career highlight for me and I'm still gutted we lost the Top 14 final," Kennedy tweeted.
"I'm very lucky to have played with some of the world's best players and more importantly top guys, I'll be watching and supporting from here.
"Thank you to the president [Mourad Boujellal] for releasing me for personal reasons."
Toulon have already replaced Kennedy with All Black Ali Williams, and Kennedy's future now appears clearer with the news that he has been linked with Harlequins.
Conor O'Shea is on the lookout for a new second-rower after Olly Kohn was forced to retire due to a shoulder injury.