Cape Town - Springbok No 8 Duane Vermeulen
is on the wish list of French and European champions Toulon, ESPNscrum reports.
Toulon are seen as the favourites to sign
Vermeulen after the conclusion of this year’s Rugby World Cup.
It was earlier reported that English club
Bath were prepared to dish out £450 000 (about R7.8m) per season for Vermeulen’s
services, but according to British media reports, Bath have pulled out of the
race to sign the Springbok hard-man.
Vermeulen, 28, is expected to be named
Stormers captain for the upcoming Super Rugby season after Jean de Villiers was
sidelined with a severe knee injury.
Vermeulen had a stellar 2014 season in
which he was shortlisted as a World Rugby Player of the Year nominee,
before eventually losing out to New Zealand’s Brodie Retallick.
This year's Rugby World Cup, to be staged
in England and Wales, runs from September 18-October 31.