Rumours continue to surround the future of Ireland fullback Simon Zebo, with local media in France reporting that a move to Toulouse, Stade Francais or Pau is on the cards.
It seems the latter is proving the most viable destination for the 25-year-old and speculation is intensifying as to whether he will remain with Munster after the current PRO12 season.
— Martin Gillingham (@MartGillingham) December 2, 2015
Anthony Foley's latest comments in today's Independent indicate he isn't quite ready to relinquish his grip on Zebo just yet, with sources saying nothing has been agreed between the clubs.
After a report yesterday in a local French paper reported that a deal had already been done between the French club and the Irish province, Foley suggested that there have been no such developments:
That is all being done in the background.
I don't have any news on that at the moment. It's progressing.
When asked about the move previously, Foley told the paper:
It is something that lays down a marker for everyone else. There will be hard decisions, but it's part and parcel of it and we'll have to wait and see.
I'm very open-minded, but hopefully everything happens that needs to happen and we should be alright. Nothing's moving too quickly at the moment.
The comments come at a time when Munster also face a battle to hold onto Irish pair Conor Murray and Keith Earls with new deals still yet to be agreed, so Munster fans will be understandably nervous in the coming weeks.
Irish players plying their trades abroad, particularly in France, is becoming a more common phenomenon owing to Paul O'Connell's high profile move to Toulon this year, as well as trio Paddy Butler, Sean Dougall and James Coughlan all currently playing with Pau.