No Wasps move for Henson
Edwards bids to cool speculation surrounding Lions centre
Last Updated: 14/09/10 3:45pm
Wasps head coach Shaun Edwards insists the London club are not attempting to sign Gavin Henson.
"We are not in a position to pay transfer fees for players.... we are not in a position to sign a player who is contracted to another club, simple as that."
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Newspaper reports last week suggested the Wales and Lions centre was on the verge of joing Wasps, but Edwards told Sky Sports News that his club is not in a position to sign Henson, who is still under contract with Ospreys.
Pressed on the matter, Edwards replied: "He plays for Ospreys doesn't he? So it would be pretty hard to say you've signed somebody who plays for someone else. Do you negotiate with someone who is contracted to another club? No. We have never."
Edwards added that Wasps will not be paying a transfer fee for Henson. "We are not in a position to do that," he said. "Our owner has spent £4 million up to the salary cap and we are very grateful to him for that. We are not in a position to pay transfer fees for players."
Asked if he is interested in signing Henson, Edwards said: "We are not in a position to sign a player who is contracted to another club, simple as that."
As to whether Wasps would look to sign Henson for next season, when he is out of contract with Ospreys, Edwards said: "I've no idea. I haven't thought that far ahead."
The 28-year-old Henson has not played rugby for 18 months but is targeting a place in the Wales squad at next year's World Cup in New Zealand.