Warwickshire are among the counties chasing Northamptonshire’s highly-rated seam bowler Jack Brooks as a possible signing for next season.
Brooks, 27, is out of contract at the end of the summer and is already the subject of five formal 28-day notices from other counties.
Warwickshire are believed to be among the contenders to sign Brooks along with Yorkshire whose director of cricket Martyn Moxon watched the third day of Northamptonshire’s County Championship match against Derbyshire at Wantage Road.
Brooks is only in his third season of county cricket but he has made impressive strides since Northamptonshire signed him from Minor Counties side Oxfordshire.
Earlier this year he was included in a party of England’s most promising seam bowlers for a camp run by former Australia fast bowling great Dennis Lillee in Chennai.
Brooks had not taken a five-wicket innings haul before the start of the season but now has two to his name, both of them against Leicestershire including a career-best five for 23 in the recent rout at Grace Road.
Warwickshire are seeking reinforcements for their seam attack having missed out on Worcestershire all-rounder Gareth Andrew and with the future of Rikki Clarke, who is the subject of a formal approach from Sussex, still undecided.
Meanwhile Warwickshire will be without opening batsman Ian Westwood for their next County Championship match against Lancashire at Liverpool starting on August 1.
Westwood, who resigned as Warwickshire captain at the end of last season, broke his right little finger holding a stinging catch in the gully to account for Sussex’s Luke Wells on Friday July 22.
Warwickshire do not yet know how long Westwood will be sidelined for but he will definitely miss the trip to Aigburth.
Westwood is the second Warwickshire player in as many weeks to break a finger. Darren Maddy sustained a similar injury in last week’s Friends Life t20 match against Lancashire at Old Trafford and he is expected to miss the rest of the season.