Leicester Tigers confirm Toby Flood leaving at end of season
Last Updated: 21/12/13 5:20pm
Toby Flood: Expected to join Toulouse next summer
Leicester have confirmed that Toby Flood will leave the club at the end of the season.
There has been no confirmation about where the England fly-half will go, but he has been heavily linked with French giants Toulouse.
On Thursday French media organisation RMC Sport reported: "According to our information, Toby Flood has chosen to commit to Stade Toulousain.
"He had to make his choice before the end of the month and announced his departure from Leicester. That's what he did today."
Flood responded to the reports with a tweet on Friday: "To confirm, I've not agreed to anything and as I've said before I will decide in January. Thanks."
But Leicester coach Richard Cockerill confirmed Flood's departure ahead of their Aviva Premiership match with Saracens on Saturday.
Flood has won 60 caps for England but a move to the Top 14 would rule him out of contention for the 2015 World Cup.
Cockerill has confirmed that he is lining up a new fly-half with Gloucester's Freddie Burns and Wales and Scarlets fly-half Rhys Priestland both targets.
"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.
"Priestland and Flood are of a similar age and have similar experience. Priestland 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."