Toulon owner Mourad Boudjellal has confirmed Paul O'Connell's (pictured) signature on a two-year deal to join the European champions.
The Ireland captain was initially reported to have failed to convince Toulon that a long-standing shoulder injury would survive the World Cup.
French newspaper Midi Olympique signalled the possibility O'Connell could be available to other prospective clubs as Toulon hesitated over rubber-stamping the deal.
It even put forward Australia lock Mark Chisholm as an alternative person of interest to big-spending Boudjellal.
This was contradicted by later assertions from local newspaper Var Matin that O'Connell had completed the transfer before the Top-14 deadline closed at midnight last night.
It was further strengthened when RTE Sport was told directly by Boudjellal last night that the transfer had gone through.
This brings to a conclusion a deal that was first discussed as far back as January when Toulon moved to replace the iconic figure of Springbok Bakkies Botha in their second row.
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