Saracens are said to be confident of completing the signing of England star man Chris Ashton. Ashton is out of contract at Northampton at the end of the season and it is no secret that he is likely to leave, with Saracens appearing to be clear favourites to be his destination.
On Friday Brendan Venter, Sarries technical director publically announced for the first time that his club were interested in taking the winger next season. Since switching from Rugby League side, Wigan in 2007 Ashton has had a huge impact at Northampton and for England scoring 15 tries in 18 appearances for England and 95 in 105 for the Saints.
Venter appeared to suggest talks with the star are at an advanced stage stating that “there will most probably be an announcement in the next couple of weeks”. Whilst Saracens have been ready to spend large amounts of money to bring in big names and big game performers in recent years, Ashton’s current side have taken a different approach.
Northampton are seemingly admitting defeat in their attempts to keep Ashton, publically declaring they are not prepared to break their strict wage structure to keep their man. It looks like it might be worth having a bet on rugby union’s hottest property moving on in the transfer window.
With next year’s increase in the salary cap it is likely that Ashton will not be the only big name arriving at Saracens this summer. They have been happy to break the bank in the past and with the allowance increasing and the new rules allowing a marquee player it is likely Saracens will continue to spend the maximum available in their attempts to regain their place at the top of domestic Rugby which seems to have been usurped this season by Harlequins.
Ashton remains one of the most sought after and admired players in the England set up, even after the catastrophe that was the world cup campaign. It’s because of his decisiveness and inteligence that England are one of the top Six Nations betting tips. He is seen as one of the best in the world, and will certainly be a coup for Sarries if they can wrap the deal up.