Reports suggest Kurtley Beale close to signing a huge deal with Wasps

The Aviva Premiership side are prepared to make Beale one of the best paid players in the world

Kurtley Beale, Australia, Wasps,

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Kurtley Beale looks set to join the ranks of the highest paid rugby players in the world as he mulls over a deal from London Wasps.

The Australian could be prepared to put pen to paper on a two-year deal believed to be worth in the region of £1.4 million (€1.8 million), making the Waratahs centre the highest paid player in the Premiership. 

Beale was believed to have been in talks with the Australian Rugby Union (ARU) over a deal that would have been flexible enough to allow him to leave for one season to go to Japan, but The Guardian reports that the ARU is unlikely to be able to match the offer from Wasps. 

Having earned 60 caps for Australia, Beale would remain eligible for selection with the Wallabies, but with a history of off-the-field issues, Wasps stated that they would be doing their "due diligence" before bringing him in.

Refusing to speak directly about a deal for Beale, Wasps' director of rugby Dai Young references the importance of having the right characters in the team:

"I certainly don’t want to bring anyone here who won’t maintain the standards of what we expect of Wasps players and staff. I take my responsibilities very seriously on that.

"A lot of people make mistakes, and I’m sure me and you have made a few when we were younger. Some are more documented than others."

Via The Guardian