Wessel Jooste is clear to sign deal at Leicester Tigers
Leicester Tigers target Wessel Jooste seems to have successfully achieved the working visa he needs to join the club on a full-time contract.
Richard Cockerill has wanted the 6ft 6in back-rower since the demise of the South African's financially-stricken former club, Bourgoin, in France.
But Jooste's first application to UK authorities for the correct paperwork was rejected and he was forced to re-apply.
I now understand that Jooste is set to be given the green light to join Leicester, and he is expected to sign a deal at the club in the very near future.
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The 29-year-old was on the bench at Kingsholm last night for the Development XV's game against Gloucester.
If all goes well, Jooste could be catapulted into the match-day squad for the visit of Exeter on Saturday, if Cockerill decides to change his back-row options.
With Tom Croft out until next month and Steve Mafi injuring himself during Saturday's defeat by Harlequins, Jooste could find himself in the line-up sooner than expected.
He is likely to be the fourth back-rower the club have signed this season in the wake of Ben Woods' and Craig Newby's retirements.
Brett Deacon returned to his home-town club from Gloucester, Richard Thorpe arrived after being released from London Irish, and Michael Noone is expected to complete a move from Championship side Rotherham.