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Saracens close to signing Randell

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Saracens Chief Executive Mark Sinderberry has confirmed that negotiations with the 51-times-capped Randell are almost complete and hinted that the capture of the Highlander could be completed by the end of the week.

"We've been in discussion with Taine [Randell] for some time," said Sinderberry.

"We've been looking for someone of his ilk for a while now and he certainly will be a great signing for us.

"At only 28 he's certainly not a member of the 'Dads Army' and his resume makes fantastic reading. He will be a real asset to the club both on and off the field as he will be joining forces with the likes of Richard Hill and Kris Chesney in the back row as well as setting an example for the young and impressive Ben Skirving."

Randell, who led New Zealand on their European tour in 2002, has been linked with several European clubs in recent months having been left out of the latest All Blacks squad.

His arrival at Vicarage Road would certainly be a major boost for the Watford-based side whose disappointing eighth-place finish in the 2002/03 Zurich Premiership table led to the recent departure of the entire coaching staff, headed up by former All Black Wayne Shelford.

If he were to sign, Randell would join such recent imports as French hooker Raphael Ibanez, former Australian international Rod Kafer and Fijian second row forward Simon Raiwalui.

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