Marland Yarde has left Harlequins to join Sale Sharks with immediate effect, according to BT Sport reports.
In a dramatic turn of events, Yarde, 25, has left the London club after being left out of the squad for Harlequins’ match against Wasps at the Ricoh Arena last week, due to an ‘internal disciplinary matter.’
The 25-year-old failed to turn up for training last week prior to his teams fixture with Wasps and Director of Rugby John Kingston took action by omitting him from his selection.
He was set to play a Monday night away fixture in the Premiership’s ‘A’ League at Gloucester, but he was removed late on from the substitutes bench in that match.
Ugo Monye reported the news for BT Sport, and seemed as surprised as everyone else at the unprecedented mid-season transfer
“I’ve heard he’s signed for the Sale Sharks.
“Just to be clear on this he will be playing for Sale Sharks next season. But I think he might be available for selection for Sale in the next couple of weeks.
“This could be one of the first times we’ve seen this in rugby, especially in recent years and a midway season transfer.
“Clearly things aren’t great at Harlequins for him at the moment. Hopefully he’ll find some of his form up at Sale.”
This confirmation came soon after Steve Diamond seemed to deny the rumour.
“There’s lots of rumours around all clubs when players like him become available.
“Everybody would have a look at him but no as far as I know we’ve not spoke to anybody.
“And we are just concentrating on Exeter.
“Young 25-year-old England players are people who we like to have look at.”
No doubt this story will have plenty more to follow.