Wests Tigers have contingency plan in their pursuit of Wigan Warriors star John Bateman

Wests Tigers are very busy in the transfer market.

Their is uncertainty over the futures of playmakers Jackson Hastings, Adam Doueihi and Luke Brooks especially as they chase Parramatta Eels’ Mitchell Moses.

Newcastle Knights meanwhile are chasing Luke Brooks but could instead signing Jackson Hastings according to reports.

The two clubs have been involved in a lot of discussions with the Tigers interested in David Klemmer as well as Tyson Frizell.

However, Fox League has reported that a move for Frizell would only happen if their pursuit of Wigan Warriors’ John Bateman failed.

The Tigers are said to be ready to pay $250,000 to Wigan for the services of Bateman and according to the Daily Telegraph Bateman would then agree a three-year deal with the Tigers.

However, Fox League are saying that a move for Frizell would come if their pursuit of Bateman failed suggesting that perhaps the arrangement isn’t quite the done deal many believed it was.

Could Bateman still be at Wigan next season?

Bateman’s focus will presently be on England and the Rugby League World Cup semi-final against Samoa in London at Arsenal’s Emirates Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

If they win they will meet either Australia or New Zealand in the final as they prepare to battle at Elland Road on Friday.

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