Quade Cooper is expected to be confirmed as Toulon's latest galactico

The Wallabies out-half was in Marseille on Sunday to watch RCT beat Leinster.

IT IS EXPECTED that Toulon will officially confirm the signing of Australian out-half Quade Cooper before the end of the season, as their policy of recruiting world superstars shows no signs of abating.

Paul O'Connell and Quade Cooper Quade Cooper is almost certain to be wearing Toulon colours next season. Source: James Crombie/INPHO

The 27-year-old playmaker was present at Stade Vélodrome on Sunday to watch Mourad Boudjellal’s Top 14 club beat Leinster in the semi-finals of the Champions Cup, having spent the weekend visiting the south of France.

Cooper met with former Reds teammate Ben Lucas, now with Jake White’s Montpellier, and reportedly discussed contract details with Boudjellal and other Toulon representatives.

The Wallabies out-half’s ARU contract expires after this year’s World Cup, and French daily sports newspaper L’Équipe is reporting that Cooper has indeed signed a two-year deal with Toulon.

The prospect of Cooper joining Toulon’s star-studded squad has been circulating in rugby circles for some time now, with the New Zealand-born halfback having been identified as a key target by Boudjellal.

Ma'a Nonu breaks away The capture of Nonu has already been confirmed by Toulon. Source: Photosport/Andrew Cornaga/INPHO

Toulon have already confirmed the signings of Ma’a Nonu, Samu Manoa, Napolioni Nalaga, Salesi Ma’afu, Jonathan Pélissié and Thibault Lassalle ahead of next season, while it also believed they have agreed terms with South Africa number eight Duane Vermeulen.

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