According to French rugby paper Midi Olympique the club have already put an offer in front of the 115-test veteran, who has confirmed he will likely finish his playing career overseas after next year’s showpiece event.
According to the paper, Racing have made Read their top priority after previously chasing All Blacks midfielder Ryan Crotty.
Number Eight Read has played a key role in back-to-back World Cup triumphs after making his All Black debut in 2008.
After the World Cup in 2015 he assumed captaincy of the All Blacks following the retirement of Richie McCaw.
Read, who underwent major back surgery at the end of last year, told the NZ Herald earlier in the week that he and his family were leaning towards finishing his career with an overseas experience.
“We have always thought as a family that we would like to go overseas and use that experience for the kids,” Read said. “That is probably the main option at the moment.”
Racing have hosted a plethora of All Blacks after they finish up in New Zealand including Dan Carter, Joe Rokocoko and Ali Williams. They currently field former All Blacks Dominic Bird and the aforementioned Rokocoko and sit fifth on the Top 14 ladder.
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