Leicestershire are resigned to losing their prized asset James Taylor, having given the England one-day international batsman permission to speak to other counties.
Taylor, 21, has a year remaining on his contract at Grace Road and was offered a one-year extension by Leicestershire only last week.
But the contract remains unsigned and Taylor has now told Leicestershire that he would like to move with immediate effect.
Leicestershire do not want an unhappy player in their ranks and have reluctantly agreed to allow Taylor to talk to other counties but they have made it clear that they will be seeking a compensation payment for the loss of a player who progressed through their youth system.
“We would not want to lose James Taylor, but we have to be alert to the realities of the situation,” said Leicestershire chief executive Mike Siddall.
Taylor was the subject of an audacious approach from Warwickshire, who offered a substantial compensation payment plus a possible player-exchange, in mid-season.
Leicestershire rejected that approach but Warwickshire will renew their interest in Taylor although their offer of compensation is likely to be significantly less than the £95,000 in their initial bid.
Nottinghamshire, the club closest to Taylor’s home near Melton Mowbray, are believed to be the other strong candidate to sign one of the brightest batting prospects in English cricket.
Taylor captained England Lions this year and made his one-day international debut in the win over Ireland in Dublin in August.
He was overlooked for the subsequent one-day internationals against India and the two T20 internationals against the West Indies and is understood to believe that playing for a county that finished as County Championship wooden spoonists for the second time in three seasons may have damaged his international prospects.