Munster are interested in signing former France international Mathieu Bastareaud on a short-term contract, RTÉ Sport understands.

Currently with Toulon, the powerful centre was surprisingly left out of the France's World Cup training squad, and is said to be weighing up his options ahead of his move to the USA in January, where he has signed a contract with Rugby United New York.

Midi Olympique is reporting that his former club, Stade Francais, and Montpellier are also interested in the 30-year-old, who retired from international rugby after the World Cup squad announcement. 

Munster boss Johann van Graan lost the services of centre Jaco Taute, who moved to Leicester at the end of last season.

Last month New York owner James Kennedy told RTÉ Sport: "We're obviously disappointed (shocked) he didn't make the French squad. We had him here last week and he is in amazing shape.

"He is very excited about the move to NYC and now he can focus on that move and building a life here with his girlfriend (who is soon to give birth to their first child) that I could see going beyond one season."

It is understood that Munster have been in touch with Bastareaud, who is still mulling over his options.