British and Irish Lions full-back Leigh Halfpenny has signed for French top 14 side Toulon, reports the Daily Telegraph.

The Welsh international is set to make an official announcement on the move this afternoon, and will join the Heineken Cup holders in the summer.

The 25-year-old will link up with England cult hero Jonny Wilkinson, who spearheaded the French side to a home quarter-final in the Heineken Cup on Saturday, he said he would welcome Halfpenny to the club:

“We would welcome Leigh here and any club would, It’s about welcoming someone who could add to the team, inspire others and leave a mark.

“That is what the guy has done with other teams and that is the best thing I can say about anyone. Leigh is a fabulous player and is a true professional.

“I saw him before the Cardiff Blues game when I got to the ground and he was already there practising. I love to see that and it shows how precise he is and his attention to detail."

It is reported that Halfpenny will earn in the region of £395,000 a year whilst at Toulon and has been linked with a move from Cardiff Blues for a while after he ended his 16 year wait for a trophy in the summer when The British and Irish Lions thrashed Australia.

Halfpenny had spent his entire professional career at the Cardiff Blues before sealing a move to French outfit Toulon.

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