Sale Sharks: Steve Diamond looking for two big-name signings

By Nathan MiddletonBBC Sport
Steve Diamond
Steve Diamond has guided Sale to a top six finish in two of the last three seasons

Sale Sharks director of rugby Steve Diamond is hoping to make two major signings for next season.

They have already tied down a number of existing players and England fly-half Danny Cipriani and captain Dan Braid are close to agreeing new deals.

Diamond has specifically identified a tight-head prop and a back-three player for next term.

"We're in the market place for a couple of top-class players and it's one of those processes," he told BBC Sport.

"We're not close to any new signings at the moment if I'm honest.

"Effectively whoever it is won't join us, more than likely, until after the World Cup because they'll probably be involved."

Mark Cueto
Steve Diamond says he is looking for a back-three player to replace the retiring Mark Cueto

As well as looking for new recruits, Diamond has revealed that Samoan flanker TJ Ioane has agreed a two-year extension to the short-term deal he signed in January.

He follows Tom Arscott,Sam Tuitupou and Eifion Lewis-Roberts, who have all agreed new deals in recent weeks, but Sale, currently eighth in the Premiership, are yet to announce any new arrivals for next season, unlike several of their rivals.

"What we've got to do is get the recruitment as good as we can do," Diamond added.

"There is plenty out there, but we've got to do our homework, our scouting.

"There are certain players we can't afford so we've just got to pick out the right players accordingly."

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