Racing Metro deny making bid for Lions superstar Leigh Halfpenny

Last Updated: 23/07/13 10:59am

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Leigh Halfpenny: No bid from Racing Metro for the Cardiff Blues star

Leigh Halfpenny: No bid from Racing Metro for the Cardiff Blues star

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Racing Metro have denied reports they are set to make a bid for Wales and British and Irish Lions star Leigh Halfpenny.

Halfpenny has become one of the most sought-after players in Europe following his magnificent displays for Wales and the Lions this year.

The full-back was player of the series on the recent Lions tour of Australia, and his club Cardiff Blues admit they cannot compete financially with the riches on offer in France - despite receiving financial help from the Welsh Rugby Union - if Halfpenny chooses to cash in on his new-found status.

Reports in the rugby press claimed the hugely wealthy Paris-based club Racing - who have already signed Lions trio Jonny Sexton, Jamie Roberts and Dan Lydiate this summer - wanted to secure the services of Halfpenny.

But in a statement the Top 14 side said: "Racing Metro 92, through its president Jacky Lorenzetti, wishes to deny this information. The club is not one of the proposed bidding agents."

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