Newcastle Falcons scrum-half Micky Young claims that he has signed a two-year contract at Leicester Tigers for the 2011/12 season.
The former West Hartlepool player, 22, made his Falcons debut in April 2008 and has since made 76 appearances.
Young told the Journal: "It was the ambition that Leicester has got and the things that I have seen people do down there in terms of winning titles.
"I want to be part of something like that and further my own chances."
The Falcons currently have a core of young players produced by their own and other local academy systems, with Young one of the most prominent examples in the current XV.
"It was a really tough decision - probably the most difficult of my life," Young added.
"I am from the area and it has always meant a lot to me to represent the North East side, but I want to take on a new challenge and see what I can do with my life."
Young's Newcastle team-mate Kieran Brookes has also been linked with a switch to Welford Road, although the tight-head prop is yet to confirm his future.
Leicester have refused to comment on any potential arrivals or departures until the end of the current campaign.
Young is likely to feature for the Falcons against Leicester in Friday's Premiership encounter at Kingston Park.