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Aplon on verge of move to France

The 31-year-old has been capped 17 times by the Boks, with his last appearance in June 2012.

Stormers fullback Gio Aplon. Picture: Aletta Gardner/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Stormers fullback Gio Aplon is on the verge of completing a move to French Top 14 team Grenoble, his agent Hilton Houghton has confirmed to EWN Sport .

His current deal with Western Province ends on the 31 October, with negotiations set to take place in order to secure an early release to expedite his move to France, in time for the 2014/15 season.

The 31-year-old has been capped 17 times by the Springboks, with his last appearance in June 2012 against England.

Aplon had been previously linked with a move to France but this was downplayed with a move to Japan seemingly more likely. Houghton has confirmed that since those initial rumours, the option of moving to Grenoble has materialised.

Houghton says they're very close to concluding a deal but they have to iron out the final details with Western Province.

"I think we will conclude it in the next week or two but again it's dependent on the head coach Allister (Coetzee) and Rob (Wagner) and they've got to agree to terms. If they do agree to those terms they'll obviously make a statement themselves."

Houghton says that they'll wait until after this season's Super Rugby opener against the Lions to resume discussions.

"At the moment all I can confirm is that the discussion is on the table and obviously it will depend on the negotiations with the Western Province and the release. Their first Super Rugby game is coming up now, so it's not something that we want to put in the way of what they are doing this weekend.

"So when I'm back in Cape Town I will chat with Rob Wagner further and see what we have."