Jos Buttler in talks to join Lancashire

Jos Buttler is in discussions to join the County Championship Second Division winners Lancashire. England's limited-overs wicketkeeper-batsman is out of contract with Somerset at the end of the season.

While it is also understood an offer from Somerset is on the table, Buttler may decide that a switch to Lancashire will boost his England Test chances.

The highly rated 23-year-old would be the first-choice wicketkeeper at Old Trafford after it was announced that Gareth Cross would not be offered a new deal. Buttler has been competing with Craig Kieswetter for the regular wicketkeeping spot at Somerset.