Toulon still in dis­cus­sions with Ash­ton

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SALE Sharks have been strongly linked to mak­ing a shock move to sign for­mer Eng­land star Chris Ash­ton but as yet there has been no com­ment from the club to con­firm or deny the ru­mours.

Ash­ton, who broke the French Top 14 try scor­ing record last sea­son at Toulon with 24 scores in 23 games, is look­ing to cut his stay in France short to chase an Eng­land re­call.

His fam­ily are also re­ported to be strug­gling to set­tle in France.

And Sale, who are in search for a full-back are un­der­stood to be lead­ing the way to land him.

This week Toulon pres­i­dent Mourad Boud­jel­lal con­firmed Ash­ton’s fu­ture is up in the air. He said: “We hope that Chris Ash­ton will stay at Toulon.

“There have been a lot of twists on this is­sue. We are cur­rently in dis­cus­sions with him.

“There is no ul­ti­ma­tum about it. There are dif­fer­ent is­sues – fam­ily prob­lems and the prob­lem of se­lec­tion. We want him to stay. The ball is in his court.”

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