Sale Sharks' sponsor AJ Bell confirmed that they held talks with the club to 'discuss the uncertainty' created by the rumours of a potential double signing of Paddy Jackson and Stuart Olding

Both Jackson and Olding had their Ulster and Ireland contracts revoked last month in the wake of a rape trial in Belfast in which they were both acquitted. 

Reports midweek suggested Sale Sharks were ready to bring them to the English Premiership, however, the Greater Manchester outfit responded to that yesterday saying: "We can confirm there is no substance to the rumours currently circulating in relation to the signing of the two international rugby players Paddy Jackson and Stuart Olding. 

"Our search continues for top class players to bolster the squad for next season."

The BBC reported that investment firm AJ Bell aired their concerns over the transfer speculation to director of rugby Steve Diamond, however, a spokesman for the company denied that they objected to the move.

"We contacted the club to discuss the uncertainty created by the rumours. No more than that," the Investment Firm said in a statement.

"It is totally wrong to say we objected to the move."

AJ Bell are the naming rights partner for Sale's Salford stadium.