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All Blacks star Dan Carter on Bath 'shortlist'

Dan Carter
Dan Carter's spell at Perpignan in 2009 was cut short by an Achilles injury

Bath chief executive Nick Blofeld has not completely dismissed the idea of signing All Blacks fly-half Dan Carter.

"We would love to recruit Dan but cannot see that happening in the short term," Blofeld told BBC Radio Bristol.

"There are significant obstacles in our way but he would definitely be on our short list."

There have been suggestions that owner Bruce Craig is trying to get rugby's salary cap increased to allow them to sign Carter after the World Cup.

Bath are losing their current World Cup winning fly-half Butch James at the end of the season when he returns to his native South Africa.

And they are also resigned to being without Olly Barkley for the next few months after he broke his leg in the 34-22 defeat at Gloucester at the start of March.

Any club would love to have Dan Carter but despite the rumours we have a salary cap to work to

Nick Blofeld

But they have signed projected rugby league convert Kyle Eastmond to work under director of rugby Sir Ian McGeechan, who will be in charge when coach Steve Meehan leaves.

And, although confirming that they are looking to bring in another fly-half as cover, Blofeld points out that, under current Premiership rules, they have a maximum budget of £4.2m.

"Any club would love to have Dan Carter," said Blofeld. "But, despite the rumours, we have a salary cap to work to.

"So, unless things change, I cannot see us being able to bring in a really big marquee player."

One player far more likely to be seen at The Rec next season is South African back rower Francois Louw.

The Springbok international is thought to be being lined up as a replacement for Bath's outgoing captain Luke Watson.

"He's in the mix," added Blofeld. "I imagine he'll be in the South Africa World Cup squad so it would probably be next season some time but we'd love to bring him too."

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