>> Lo­zowski in hot de­mand

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SARA­CENS are plan­ning more talks with Eng­land squad man Alex Lo­zowski in a bid to keep him at the club when his con­tract runs out in the sum­mer.

Fly-half Lo­zowski, 24, who won two Eng­land caps on the suc­cess­ful sum­mer tour of Ar­gentina, has re­jected the Euro­pean cham­pi­ons’ first of­fer of a new deal. Blind­side un­der­stands that the for­mer Wasps man felt he was not be­ing of­fered enough of a pay rise so turned them down, but Sar­ries are go­ing to come again. The news that he re­jected a new deal has alerted a num­ber of clubs, but sug­ges­tions in the me­dia this week that he is on the verge of join­ing Ex­eter Chiefs are un­true.

The Premier­ship cham­pi­ons, like ev­ery other club in the league, have to wait un­til Jan­uary 1 to open talks with a player who is com­ing off con­tract.

And even though play­ers are be­ing hawked around by agents they still have to wait to give any deal the green light or risk the wrath of Twick­en­ham bosses.

A source in the Sara­cens dress­ing room has told us that Lo­zowski, who was signed from Wasps two years ago, wants to re­main with the club for next sea­son and that the sug­gested in­ter­est from the Chiefs and his for­mer club Wasps could just be a way of get­ting Sara­cens to in­crease their con­tract of­fer.

“It is still up in the air at the mo­ment. He has told team mates that he wants to stay, but terms haven’t yet been agreed,” our source said.

Wanted man: Alex Lo­zowski

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