Bears make Morgan bid
Warwickshire have made an ambitious bid to sign England star Eoin Morgan after his contract with Middlesex expires.
Last Updated: 07/07/10 5:30pm
Warwickshire have made an ambitious bid to sign new England star Eoin Morgan after his contract with Middlesex expires at the end of the season.
Middlesex have confirmed that the Bears have been in contact regarding a move for the left-hander, who has starred for England in limited-overs action this year.
Morgan has been a revelation for England ever since he decided to switch allegiance from Ireland in May last year.
The Dublin-born batsman was a star of England's ICC World Twenty20 success and then went on to score a match-winning century against Australia in the first ODI at the Rose Bowl last month.
His form has led to Morgan being included in the England Test squad and he could feature in the forthcoming series against Pakistan and earn a place in the Ashes squad.
Should Morgan leave Middlesex, it would bring to a close a seven-year spell for the left-hander at Lord's.
Warwickshire's director of cricket Ashley Giles has watched Morgan's development closely in his capacity as an England selector and he is now keen to bring the enterprising batsman to Edgbaston.
A Middlesex spokesman confirmed Warwickshire's approach on Wednesday.
He said: "I can confirm that we have been contacted by Warwickshire about the possibility of signing Eoin Morgan.
"I have been in contact with (Middlesex director of cricket) Angus Fraser this morning and he is very keen that Eoin stays at the club.
"We have offered Eoin a new contract and we hope he will sign it."
England captain Andrew Strauss is not surprised Warwickshire have come calling for his Middlesex team-mate, but does not believe the proposed move is a foregone conclusion.
Speaking ahead of England's series-opening one-day international against Bangladesh, Strauss said: "It doesn't surprise me, I'm quite sure there'll be a number of counties after him.
"Ultimately it's his choice. If he were to move on it would be a real shame for Middlesex but let's wait and see.
"I've got no idea whether Eoin is considering changing counties or not.
"The procedure is that that the county put in a request if they want to talk to a player. I can understand why counties would want to speak to him but I've no idea if it's something he's seriously considering.
"What I would say is he has to work out what is best for him going forward. He is playing a lot of cricket for England at the moment and he has to decide what gives him the best chances of continuing his development.
"I've got my views on that and I'll speak to him if he asks, but ultimately it's his decision."
Should Morgan fail to sign a new contract with Middlesex, he will be free to talk to Warwickshire a month before his current deal expires at the end of the season.