are set to turn to Aussie lock Steve Cummins in a bid to add some depth to their squad.
Cummins has just signed a new deal with the Melbourne Rebels, who have agreed to allow him to take up a short deal with the Tigers.
The 25 year-old who has played for Australia at schoolboy, U19 and U20 level is likely to spend three months at Welford Road.
Tigers boss Matt O’Connor has been looking to strengthen his squad since taking over at the club in the summer.
Meanwhile England and British Lions tighthead Dan Cole is close to doing a deal to stay with the club beyond the end of the season.
Cole, 30, a loyal servant to the Tigers for the last decade is waiting to agree a couple of points before signing.