After securing the signing of superstar Sonny Bill Williams, the Toronto Wolfpack have turned their attention towards England rugby union star Manu Tuilagi in the attempts to convert him to rugby league.
The Wolfpack is on the verge of announcing a $10 million deal for Sonny Bill Williams, with the newly-promoted Super League club looking to attract further stars to the club.
Whilst former NRL star Valentine Holmes has been linked to the club, there is reportedly serious interest in attracting Tuilagi to cross codes and link up with SBW, according to The Telegraph.
Tuilagi has been recovering after England’s thumping loss to South Africa in the Rugby World Cup final, with the 28-year-old playing a key role in their impressive form throughout the tournament.
His club side Leicester has attempted to ward off interest from the rival code, with head coach Geordan Murphy confident that he will stay.
“If the Wolfpack want Manu then I am sure they can have a conversation with us,” Murphy told BBC Leicester Sport.
“But we don’t want Manu leaving. He is world-class and wants to be at Tigers.”
Murphy believes that Tuilagi links to the club and area will ensure that he will remain in rugby union with Leicester.
“Manu was offered more money to leave last year when the speculation was around,” Murphy added.
“He has a family here.
“He is settled here and he feels like a Leicester player so I don’t think he will going anywhere, anytime soon.”
The Wolfpack’s ambitious targets and spending has come as director of rugby Brian Noble calls on the Super League to lift the salary cap.
“[Lifting the cap] would help for everybody’s shopping lists,” Noble told BBC Sport.
“It’s time to have the debate and be positive and proactive about expansion, with all the right regulatory rules that should be in there.
“Sonny Bill Williams, if his name is on that piece of paper, is part and parcel and forefront of our view of making decisions that are good for the game and not just Toronto.”