Jonny Wilkinson will travel to Toulon in the next few days on a fact-finding mission with the possibility of moving to the club.
The Times of London, who Wilkinson writes a column for, reports that the flyhalf and his advisers will travel to the south of France to meet with ambitious president Mourad Boudjellal.
Wilkinson will make his comeback from a dislocated knee next Saturday for his club of 12 years, Newcastle, when they face Butch James’s Bath.
Wilkinson, who speaks French fluently, is said to be seriously considering making the move.
“[He] has never hidden his desire to experience French club rugby and his decision to see what Toulon have to offer is the clearest indication yet that he is ready to move across the Channel,” said The Times.
Wilkinson will liaise with Martin Johnson about the move and the implications for the English national team.
“His contract with Toulon – should he decide to join them – would have to contain international release and training camp clauses as he prepares to prove once more that he is still the best flyhalf in England,” said the report.
Joe van Niekerk-led Toulon are currently in 11th position in the Top 14 as they attempt to avoid being relegated as one of the two bottom sides.
Wilkinson has also been linked with a move to fellow French club Bayonne.