Ian Madigan's time in France could be coming to a premature end. The 27-year-old joined Bordeaux on a two-year contract during the summer.
According to Midi Olympique, Madigan has asked Bordeaux president Laurent Marti for an early release from his deal with the Top 14 side.
Madigan is apparently unhappy with his playing time and now eyes a move to England. It is said that the out-half already has 'several offers from ambitious clubs.'
Bordeaux would not be opposed to allowing Madigan to leave, that is if they could find a suitable replacement.
Former England international Toby Flood, currently with Toulouse, is named as a possible replacement for Madigan.
Despite the absence of Johnny Sexton for Ireland's opening two games of the Six Nations and the unavailability of Joey Carbery, Madigan has not been involved with Joe Schmidt's squad.
Ahead of the Scotland game, Schmidt said he and the IRFU were keen to keep players in Ireland and that if they picked those playing abroad, it would likely encourage more individuals to move.
We are incredibly keen to support the provinces.
If we tell the players that we are picking from overseas, players may be more likely to go overseas. They have player management here and know they will be close to the queue in terms of selection.
Guys like Ian and Marty Moore haven’t gone away. We know we can whistle Ian in, but he would have to go back after two games. You don’t get continuity and that is the frustration for us.