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The latest club said to have tabled an offer for All Black fly-half/centre Luke McAlister is Sale Sharks of England.

The offer, made late last week, goes together with an offer to McAlister’s father Charlie to take on a coaching role at the Sale academy.

McAlister has already resisted overtures from Munster – apparently with the help of Christian Cullen – and a possible deal with Toulouse fell through after the French club opted to pursue Byron Kelleher instead.

Sale, however, have money to burn following the retirement of Jason Robinson, and McAlister would be high on their list of priorities, setting up a tasty 10-12 combination with Charlie Hodgson.

“The offer is on the table and waiting to be signed,” a source close to the negotiations said on Monday to The Sunday News in Australia.

“The deal could be done in a heartbeat.

“But I’ve seen deals fall over at the last minute before, so it would be premature to say Luke and Charlie will be at Sale next season.

“But you would be right if you reported that the deal has been offered and is it is being taken very seriously by the McAlisters.”

McAlister has long since made it clear his intention to play overseas, citing both the frustration at being down the pecking order for New Zealand, and the irritation at media intrusion into his private life

“No one likes the press looking into their private lives,” the source said.

“It’s something that Luke has to get used to though. If you’re an All Black rumours will follow you every where you go.”

Charlie McAlister played professional rugby league in the Sale area in 1986 and 1987, and Luke spent a fair amount of his childhood there.

 

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