Nottinghamshire keen on Hampshire's Michael Lumb

Michael Lumb
Lumb has played seven times for England's T20 side

Nottinghamshire director of cricket Mick Newell has revealed the club are trying to sign Hampshire and England opener Michael Lumb for next season.

The 31-year-old's contract at The Rose Bowl is up at the end of the season and Notts have made an official approach.

Lumb is out for the season with a broken foot but Newell told BBC Radio Nottingham: "I think he could be a major player for us."

Newell says that his side have followed the rules in their bid to talk to Lumb.

He said: "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."

The South African-born batsman has made seven Twenty20 appearances for England, helping them to ICC World Twenty20 victory in the West Indies earlier this year.

Newell is hopeful that Lumb will be interested in making a move to Trent Bridge: "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 played in the IPL T20 tournament in India for the last two seasons and would be likely to miss the early part of the 2012 season, something that does not concern Newell.

He said: "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."

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