The Scottish Rugby Union (SRU) is set to spend a six-figure fee to sign powerhouse Fijian winger Taqele Naiyaravoro, with a view to making him eligible to play for Scotland after a three-year residency period.
According to reports in Australia, New South Wales Waratahs winger Naiyaravoro has been allocated to Edinburgh as part of a three-year deal worth AUS$1million (£517,000) to the 23-year-old.
It is understood the only way that currently uncapped Naiyaravoro’s move to Scotland can collapse is if Australia decide to select him for the Wallabies, as the 19-stone player has a clause in his contract stating that if the Australians call him up, he will remain in the Southern Hemisphere.
The Evening News reported the SRU’s interest in Naiyaravoro earlier this year and with Tim Visser linked with a move to Harlequins, a replacement would be needed for the out-of-contract Scotland star.
Naiyaravoro started the new Super 15 season on the ’Tahs wing, but has lost his place recently. He would likely arrive at BT Murrayfield at the end of the summer once the current season down under comes to a conclusion.