Gloucestershire's Alex Gidman has agreed to join Warwickshire, The Birmingham Post understands.
Though the club are yet to hear anything official, The Post believes that Gidman has made up his mind and will sign his contract offer imminently. There is an outside chance he may even join this season.
The 27-year-old has reached something of a crossroads in his career. Blessed with substantial talent as a batsman, he has yet to fulfil his promise and will move to Edgbaston in the hope of taking his career to a higher level. While he will certainly receive a handsome pay rise for the move, he is forgoing the chance of a benefit season at Gloucestershire. He was also seen as their next captain.
Gidman, described as having “the perfect character” by Ashley Giles, has previously led England A and could well prove to be the next Warwickshire captain.
Meanwhile, Warwickshire have asked Surrey if they could take another target, Stewart Walters, on loan. Surrey have declined.
Warwickshire’s hopes of signing Steve Kirby are diminishing, however. While they have certainly not given up, the lure of an imminent benefit season at Bristol may prove hard for Kirby to decline.