Springbok fly-half Morne Steyn is set to join the South African rugby exodus to France by signing for Paris club Stade Francais after the 2013 Super Rugby season.
Although no statement has been made, a Bulls source told AFP Steyn would head for France after the August finish of the southern hemisphere provincial championship, a couple of months before his contract ends.
Steyn suffered a dramatic slump in his place-kicking success rate last season and this, combined with media criticism of unimaginative play, led to Johan Goosen and later Patrick Lambie replacing him in the playmaker role.
Steyn, who has scored 1 201 points for the Bulls in 106 Super Rugby matches and 486 points in 42 Tests, became a South African star in 2009 when he landed a penalty from halfway to win a Test series against the British and Irish Lions.
Springbok and Stormers left wing Bryan Habana ended months of speculation by announcing last Friday that he had signed a three-year deal with 2012 French Top 14 runners-up Toulon.
Stade Francais, in the lower half of the current French Top 14 championship table with seven wins and seven losses from 15 games, have three South Africans on their books in hooker Michael van Vuuren and locks Gerhard Mostert and Anton van Zyl.