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Bath head coach Mike Ford rules out Steffon Armitage arrival

Bath head coach Mike Ford admits that the club has probably missed out on signing Toulon flanker Steffon Armitage.

Bath head coach Mike Ford has revealed that the club is unlikely to sign Toulon flanker Steffon Armitage.

It was reported on Tuesday that the 29-year-old was considering a move to the Recreation Ground in order to boost his chances of playing for England at next year's World Cup.

However, the potential switch is now off after the parties involved were unable to agree on a deal.

"Inevitably it's about finances and we've not been able to cross the line," Ford told Sky Sports News. "It's unfortunate, all England and Bath fans alike were excited and we were close to signing a great player which would have helped club and country.

"We tried our very, very best. Obviously we are gutted but from a Bath point of view. We still need a player in the back-row and we will still be looking."

Saracens are also understood to be keen on signing Armitage, who has spent the past three years in France.

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Steffon Armitage of Toulon looks on during the Heineken Cup Final between Toulon and Saracens at the Millennium Stadium on May 24, 2014
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