Richard Cockerill reveals Leicester are interested in Rhys Priestland

Last Updated: 19/12/13 1:14pm

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Leicester director of rugby Richard Cockerill has revealed the Tigers are interested in signing Rhys Priestland from Scarlets.

Wales fly-half Priestland, 26, has been linked with a number of clubs but Cockerill has confirmed he is on Leicester's radar as they plan for the possible departure of Toby Flood, 28, to Toulon.

Gloucester's Freddie Burns is also being targeted by Leicester but he is still weighing up a new deal at Kingsholm.

Premiership clubs cannot officially make contact with players from their English rivals until January 1, but there is no such restriction on Wales-based stars.

"Yes, I have spoken to Priestland's representatives," Cockerill told the Leicester Mercury.

"I am sure there are lots of clubs who would like him - and there are rumours of Gloucester - but it's just how it fits in.

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"Priestland and Flood are of a similar age and have similar experience.

"Preistland has not got as many caps as Flood but he is a very good player and there are not many fly-halves on the market.

"Burns has clearly not signed for Gloucester yet. We are allowed to speak to their representatives, just not their players.

"We have made our request but Gloucester have all the power at the minute because they are the only ones able to negotiate."

Flood is stalling on a new deal at Welford Road, but Cockerill has warned him he cannot delay his decision much longer.

Cockerill said: "Every player has the right to look around in January. If there are two or three players of equal quality, usually the first to the line wins the race.

"Toby needs to make his mind up with regards to what he wants to do.

"Come January 1, if Floody has not come to an agreement with us, we have to look around."

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