Bristol Bears Lining Up Massive £500,000 Offer For British & Irish Lions Star

Wanted man.

Bristol Bears have enjoyed an excellent start to the new season under Pat Lam, topping the Premiership after four games with three wins under their belt already, including a massive away win against Exeter Chiefs last weekend.

When Pat Lam took them over two years ago they were just after being relegated to the Championship, but thanks to some excellent recruitment they were soon back in the Premiership and achieved a very respectable 9th place finish last season in their first campaign back up.

In his first season, Lam recruited the likes of Ireland international Ian Madigan and All Black Steven Luatua, before bringing in Charles Piutau on a record deal last year from Ulster.

Ahead of this season, they spent big again on England international Nathan Hughes and it looks like they could be about to pull off another massive coup with The Rugby Paper reporting that they are in talks to bring in Wales and Lions flanker Justin Tipuric from Ospreys.

The hugely experienced openside is a free agent next summer and is regarded as one of the best sevens in the world right now, with Bristol expected to offer him a massive deal worth a reported £500,000-a-season.

But they will face stiff competition from some top clubs in France with the report also suggesting that Clermont, Toulon and Toulouse are also interesting in signing the British and Irish Lion.

Tipuric has over 70 caps for Wales so if he does decide to move on he will still be eligible for selection having reached the 60-cap threshold but Ospreys will be desperate to retain one of their top stars.

They recently managed to retain the services of Wales captain Alun Wyn Jones but have lost the likes of Dan Biggar and Rhys Webb to the riches of England and France in recent season, with the Welsh regions simply unable to compete financially.

Either way, watch this space. Justin Tipuric could be on the move.