Manu Tuilagi is the latest star name to be targeted by ambitious rugby league side Toronto Wolfpack.
Wolfpack, who will play in the Super League next year after winning promotion from the second-tier RFL Championship, are close to bringing in Sonny Bill Williams on a lucrative two-year deal.
Tuilagi, the Leicester and England forward, signed a contract extension with his club to stay until June 2021, having rejected a move to Racing 92 in France earlier this year.
He starred for Eddie Jones’ side at the World Cup, scoring three tries, including one in the semi-final against New Zealand.
But now Toronto are reportedly plotting a huge offer to try and tempt Tuilagi to swap union for league.
Founded by Eric Perez, the Canadian club joined the English rugby league in 2017 with grand plans.
They will play in the Super League for the first time next season after winning two promotions in three years.
“A lot of NRL players are now cold-calling Brian Noble, Toronto’s director of rugby, about joining the club,” a source close to Wolfpack to the Telegraph.
“The signing of Sonny Bill shows how serious the Wolfpack are in trying to crack the North American market.
“They want to sign players who are considered ‘rock stars’ in order to change the face of Super League. Manu Tuilagi is definitely next on their list.”
Ben Te’o, the Toulon centre who has played alongside Tuilagi for England, is another name said to be on Toronto’s radar.
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