Taylor move on hold as Leics reject Notts offer

The future of James Taylor remains in doubt after Leicestershire rejected a compensation offer from Nottinghamshire which would have enabled the England one-day international batsman to move to Trent Bridge.

Taylor has a year remaining on his contract at Grace Road but Leicestershire gave him permission to speak to other counties after he made it clear that he did not believe he could further his international aspirations by staying with Leicestershire.

But Leicestershire have made it clear that they want compensation before they agree to release Taylor from the final year of his contract.

Nottinghamshire are the frontrunners to sign Taylor after Warwickshire, who made the first approach during the summer, dropped out of the running. But their compensation offer has been rejected by Leicestershire as inadequate.

“We have had an offer from Notts but the board has rejected it,” said Leicestershire chairman Paul Haywood. “There is not sufficient compensation. We aren’t prepared to accept the sum they have offered.”

Haywood added that Leicestershire still hope to keep Taylor at Grace Road, which seems unlikely as it is understood that the player has already cleared his locker in the dressing room in anticipation of playing elsewhere next season.

“Our priority is still that James stays at Grace Road and plays for Leicestershire next season,” said Haywood.

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