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Samu Manoa in open field. Abel Barrientes photo

The long-rumored move of Samu Manoa to Toulon was confirmed by Toulon owner Mourad Boudjellal Sunday. Manoa will remain with Northamption through the end of the season and join the back-to-back defending European champions next year. 

Manoa is one of four players recently revealed to be joining Toulon after the World Cup. New Zealand's Ma'a Nonu, Australia's Salesi Ma'afu and Fiji's Napolioni Nalaga are making the move, too. Manoa's deal is for four years and should make him the highest paid American pro. 

"Samu Manoa is the first four-year contract that I have signed," Boudjellal said.

"For me, he will become the star of the Top 14. He is a rugby phenomenon, made for Mayol. He is a player we spotted a few months ago. We contacted him and his agent said he had been approached by all the clubs in the Top 14 and England and that the only offer he could take was that of Toulon."