Reports are starting to develop that the Leeds Rhinos have requested a player swap to end the deal for James Segeyaro.
It is understood that Super League giants Leeds Rhinos are prepared to wave their transfer fee and deliver Segeyaro to Cronulla before the start of the 2017 season if they receive Luke Lewis in return.
Lewis, 33, won the 2016 Clive Churchill Medal as best on ground in the NRL Grand Final and signed a one-year contract with the Cronulla Sutherland Sharks that will see him at the club until 2017. But, it is now believed that both the Cronulla Sharks and Luke Lewis are open to a possible deal.
Segeyaro walked out on the Rhinos at the end of the 2016 and informed the club once he arrived in Australia for the Christmas break, that he would not return in 2017.
Rhinos Chief Executive Gary Hetherington put a huge transfer fee of £250,000 ($400,000 AU) on Segeyaro head which quickly scared off many NRL clubs.
The Cronulla Sharks arrived in London on Monday for their clash against the Wigan Warriors in the World Cup Challenge that will take place on Sunday.
Both Leeds and Cronulla are expected to have talks during the week to try to sort out a possible solution going forward.
Lewis has played 284 NRL games for Penrith (208) and Cronulla (76) and has represented Australia on 16 occasions and NSW in State of Origin on 17 occasion.
The signing of Luke Lewis for Leeds would be a massive coup for the club and would help make their push back to the top of the table in 2017.