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Toulon keen to hijack Ospreys' quest to bring Williams home

 

Liam Williams
Liam Williams

By Nick Wilson

French powerhouses Toulon have reportedly joined the scramble for Wales international Liam Williams.

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The Ospreys are leading the chase to bring the Waunarlwydd RFC product home to Welsh rugby, but three-time European champions Toulon have made the Lions and Wales full-back an offer for next season.

Williams joined Saracens from the Scarlets in 2017, with his three-year deal due to expire at the end of this season.

He has been an unqualified success in London, helping them to a European Champions Cup and Gallagher Premiership double last season.

But the 28-year-old is believed to be keen on a return home and the Ospreys want to accommodate him.

The move is being held up by an issue over Williams' valuation within Welsh rugby's pay structure.

The top 38 players are subject to assessments from a panel,  with negotiations and appeals usually following.

It is believed that in Williams' case, his value is disputed to the point where it could jeopardise his return to Wales, with his representatives said to believe he is worth more than the figures passed their way.

The Ospreys' hands are understood to be tied, with regions not allowed to pay top-ups under the system.

None of that would bother Toulon and their multi-millionaire owner Mourad Boudjellal.

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