Harlequins have signed England international wing Chris Ashton following his departure from Sale Sharks.

Quins said that the 32-year-old will join them with immediate effect.

Ashton, who won the last of his 44 England caps a year ago, has scored 20 Test tries. 

Sale announced Ashton's exit on Monday, with Sharks rugby director Steve Diamond later stating he had left the club after "a disagreement on how we want to play the game."

Diamond said: "He wants to do it one way, I want to do it another and that's it, so end of story."

And Quins have wasted little time in swooping for Ashton's services as they continue their Gallagher Premiership play-off push.

In a statement released by Quins, Ashton said: "I can't wait to get started at Quins. It is a club filled with incredibly experienced and talented players.

"I know lots of the lads at Quins, like Danny (Care), through our England careers and years of friendship. I like the look of what Quins are doing, they are growing a strong squad and the foundations for future success are in place.

"I know that I have still got a lot to give on the pitch, and I am confident that being at Quins will enable me to continue scoring tries and help me with my aspirations of reaching 100 Premiership tries, beating the current record."