Nottinghamshire sign James Taylor from Leicestershire

James Taylor
Taylor has already struck 10 first-class centuries during his career

Nottinghamshire have signed England Lions batsman James Taylor from Leicestershire on a three-year deal.

The two counties have agreed a compensation fee for Taylor, who had a year left on his deal at Grace Road.

Leicestershire had previously said they would not stand in the 21-year-old's way if he was determined to leave.

"James is one of the most highly talented young players and we were keen to get him," Notts director of cricket Mick Newell told BBC Radio Nottingham.

"He has got a real desire for batting. He loves batting, he likes playing long innings and we need people here who are prepared to graft and battle, which is a bit different to some of our stroke-makers.

"He has a huge desire to succeed, he wants to play for England so I think people are going to see a very hungry cricketer who is desperate to go a long way in the game."

Taylor, who had also been linked with Warwickshire, made his England one-day international debut against Ireland in August and helped Leicestershire win this summer's FL t20 competition, beating Somerset in the final at Edgbaston.

"I am delighted that James has decided to sign for Nottinghamshire and I would like to thank Leicestershire for conducting the negotiations in a professional and amicable manner," said Notts chief executive Derek Brewer.

Taylor joins a Notts batting line-up which has already been bolstered by the signing of Michael Lumb from Hampshire, while his former Foxes team-mate Harry Gurney has also moved to Trent Bridge.