Cross-code rivals are reportedly preparing a lucrative bid for Broncos gun Payne Haas.
Meanwhile, a former Eels flyer is set for an NRL return.
Read below for the latest Transfer Whispers!
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CROSS-CODE RIVALS EYEING HAAS MOVE
Broncos star Payne Haas has reportedly received lucrative offers to make a cross-code switch to play rugby union in Europe.
The 22-year-old’s future in Red Hill has remained a topic of discussion following his shock release request handed to the Broncos in May.
Haas is currently contracted until the end of 2024 and was seeking a clause in his contract allowing him to leave if team performance targets weren’t met – a move which was knocked back by the Broncos.
Contract negotiations were halted until the end of the 2022 season, but now according to the SMH, European rugby clubs could table seven figure deals, with many already making their interest clear if the young gun becomes available.
Interested union coaches have reportedly liked Haas to legendary English lock Billy Vunipola who has 64 Test caps for his nation.
As it stands, Haas will reportedly earn $750,000 this season, $800,000 in 2024 and $850,000 the following year.
On the open market, the young gun could command up to $1 million a season, being arguably the best prop in the game currently.
According to reports, Haas hasn’t requested a release after learning of interest from cross-code rivals.
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FRENCH’S NRL RETURN
The Newcastle Knights are reportedly in hot pursuit of former Eels flyer Bevan French who is currently plying his trade in the Super League.
The 26-year-old made headlines after scoring a record seven tries during Wigan’s 60-0 win against Hull FC last month.
Now, the Knights are closing in on signing French who are seeking a return to Australia, according to The Daily Telegraph.
French is off-contract at the end of the 2022 season and could fill Adam O’Brien’s backline spots with both Tex Hoy and Edrick Lee leaving the club.
Reports suggest if French is able to make a seamless return to the NRL, the Knights could consider shifting marquee player Kalyn Ponga into the halves.
During French’s first NRL stint he recorded 35 tries in only 47 first grade appearances and came desperately close to an Australian return this year after meetings with Eels and Bulldogs powerbrokers.
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