Leicestershire face competition from Kent for the services of left-arm seamer Harry Gurney after this season.
Leicestershire have offered the 24-year-old a new two-year contract but he has yet to sign it and Kent are now free to speak to him as the 28-day ‘cooling off’ period that followed the written submission of their desire to speak to Gurney has now expired.
Loughborough-based Gurney has been a key figure in Leicestershire reaching the finals day of the Friends Life t20 this season and is their leading wicket-taker in that competition.
But he has played only one County Championship match so far this season between two hamstring injuries. When he was available for four-day cricket in the first half of the season Gurney was overlooked.
With a bare-bones squad of just 16 full-time professionals Leicestershire can ill-afford to lose Gurney who has yet to decide whether he will move away from Grace Road.
Leicestershire have already lost the services of veteran wicketkeeper Paul Nixon, who will retire at the end of the season, and Australia all-rounder Andrew McDonald, whose work permit will not be valid next year.
But they are taking steps to strengthen their squad for next with an experienced batsman the top of their winter shopping list.
Martin van Jaarsveld, Kent’s prolific former South Africa batsman, is believed to be a candidate though no official approach has been made for him.