France centre Mermoz joins Leicester
NEWS: France centre Maxime Mermoz has joined Leicester from Toulon until the end of the season.
Mermoz, 30, will give Leicester an extra option at centre after they lost Manu Tuilagi and Matt Toomua to long-term injuries.
Capped 35 times by France, Mermoz won French Top 14 titles with Toulouse, Perpignan and Toulon and played a role in the latter's European Cup triumphs in 2013 and 2014.
"We are missing two big players in our midfield and we're very happy to be able to bring in a player of Maxime's style, quality and experience there," said Leicester head coach Aaron Mauger.
"He has played at the highest level in France, in Europe and internationally and we look forward to bringing him into the squad."
* Meanwhile Lou Reed has left Sale Sharks with immediate effect and by mutual consent.
"I would like to thank everyone involved at Sale Sharks for their help and support during my time there," Reed said.
"I look forward to returning to Wales with my family and embarking on the next challenge in my career.
"I wish Sale all the very best for the remainder of the season."