Bears show interest in Somerset's top stars
Warwickshire have made a move to try to lure Somerset team-mates Jos Buttler and Nick Compton to Edgbaston by lodging official approaches for the out-of-contract Somerset pair.
The Bears – who are halfway through a County Championship match against Somerset – are understood to have put in a formal 28-day period of notice to discuss terms with the duo.
While Buttler's situation remains unclear, he certainly appears the more likely of the pair to move on, with Compton understood to have indicated that he is willing to sign a one-year deal to stay at Taunton.
Buttler will not be short of suitors as he ponders whether to leave his home county for the sake of his career – and Warwickshire appear to be in a position to offer him the chance to keep wicket in all white-ball cricket.
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Some eyebrows were raised at the timing of Warwickshire's reported approach for two of Somerset's finest talents, given the counties are locked in a Division One battle at Edgbaston.
But a senior Somerset source played down the timing, suggesting it was an irrelevance, particularly as Buttler is in Taunton preparing for England Lions' second match against Bangladesh A, which takes place at Taunton today.