Nottinghamshire have expressed an interest in signing England opener Michael Lumb from Hampshire for the 2012 county season.
Lumb - who has a reputation as a dangerous limited overs batsman - will be out of contract at the Rose Bowl at the end of the present season, and Notts have made an official approach for the 31-year-old.
Director of cricket Mick Newell explained the interest in the left-handed opener, who has been ruled out of the rest of the season due to a broken foot.
"I think he could be a major player for us," Newell told the BBC, before defending the legitimacy of Notts' approach for the Hampshire man.
"If a player's in the last year of his contract you can write to the club and say that in 28 days time we'd like to speak to him.
"We've done that and we wait to hear whether Michael wants to speak to us."
"We wouldn't have put the letter in if we didn't think there was some interest on both sides, there has been some indication that he would like to talk to us and obviously that's something we'd like to try and do."
Lumb has appeared seven times for England in Twenty20 internationaI cricket and was a valuable member of the ICC World Twenty20 winning side last year in the Caribbean.
The South African-born batsman has also featured in the last two editions of the Indian Premier League, but Newell isn't too concerned by Lumb missing the early part of the 2012 season.
He added: "There's some conflict with the IPL in the early part of the season but I think over the course of a season - four-day cricket, 20-over cricket, 40-over cricket - I think he could be a major player for us."