One of the heroes of Argentina’s historic win over New Zealand has been linked with a move to Wasps.
The Pumas stunned the rugby world by securing 25-15 victory over the All Blacks on Saturday – their first ever victory in the fixture.
Santiago Cordero, who earned his 36th Test cap as a temporary replacement for Santiago Carreras in the first half, has now been linked with a move back to the Gallagher Premiership.
He left Exeter Chiefs last year to make a switch to Bordeaux Bègles. Chiefs director of rugby Rob Baxter pointed to salary cap restrictions as a reason why they could not retain the 26-year-old’s services.
Cordero scored 10 tries in 33 appearances for the Sandy Park outfit and was nominated for the RPA Player of the Year award in 2019.
The Rugby Paper has today reported Cordero, whose deal in France runs out at the end of the 2020/21 season, is attracting the interest of Wasps head coach Lee Blackett. It follows rumours that surfaced last month via online sources.
Wasps did very little in-bound business this summer with Ryan Mills being the headline name, making the switch from Worcester Warriors.
Levi Douglas was recruited from Bath but the rest of the gaps in the squad were filled by promoting academy players and short-term until the conclusion of the 2019/20 season.
Cordero has the ability to play on both the wing and at fullback which could be attractive for Blackett and his team.
They currently have Josh Bassett, Zach Kibirige, Marcus Watson, Paolo Odogwu and Callum Sirker as options on the wing while Matteo Minozzi, Rob Miller and Lima Sopoaga are the main rivals for the fullback shirt.
Sopoaga is entering the final season of his three-year contract and his departure would free up a big amount within the playing budget to all for manoeuvrability to secure Cordero’s services.
Kibirige, a revelation for Wasps since signing from Newcastle Falcons last summer, was among the 15 players who agreed new deals back in July. Minozzi, Miller and Watson were also on that lengthy list of players committing their futures to Wasps.
Bassett, who has scored 51 tries in 127 Wasps appearances, was not among them and his last contract extension was announced back in January 2018.