Montpellier Set To Offer Northampton A Player In Exchange For Picamoles

Northampton Saints number eight Louis Picamoles is reportedly set to return to France on a central contract with the FFR to join Montpellier.

The powerful back-row forward has enjoyed an outstanding first season in the Premiership, culminating with his name making the shortlist for the RPA Player of the Season award, as well as being a star performer for the national side in the Six Nations.

Picamoles has two years left on his contract with Northampton but Montpellier owner Mohad Altrad is apparently working on a deal to bring him back to France. Picamoles’ possible move would mark a return to his roots, having left Montpellier back in 2009 to join Toulouse.

Midi Olympique have said that Picamoles misses his family & friends in the Montpellier region & also wants to be more involved with the France elite squad. In order to soften the blow Montpellier are reportedly set to offer Springbok Piers Spies as part of a deal for Picamoles. If Northampton are not interested, Montpellier will apparently have to buy Picamoles out of his mega contract.