Leinster CEO Mick Dawson has officially confirmed that the IRFU are in talks with Racing out-half Johnny Sexton to bring the player back to Ireland.

Earlier this week, the Irish Independent reported that a deal to bring Sexton back to Leinster had been done; however, there was no official confirmation this was true from any party.

Speaking today at the announcement of a new five-year sponsorship deal with Bank of Ireland, Dawson said: "Myself and Philip Browne(CEO of the IRFU) have met Johnny and put an offer on the table.

"I'm sure he's getting offers from Toulon and Racing Metro. John has said in his last interview that he's made up his mind and we're waiting on his decision. That's where the situation is at."

"We've put a very good offer forward on the table" - Leinster CEO Mick Dawson

Dawson continued: "If it's just down to pounds, shillings and pence, I'm sure they (Racing Metro and Toulon) can outbid us.

"I'm not sure what they are prepared to put on the table.

"We've put a very good offer forward on the table.

"He's comfortable here, a lot of his friends are here, he grew up here and we hope that carries a lot of weight.

"I'm sure there must a lot of pressure in France, I hope that in the next week or two, we should have the answer."