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Buttler in talks with Lancashire
Jos Buttler is in discussions to join LV= County Championship Division Two winners Lancashire, Press Association Sport understands.
Buttler, England's wicketkeeper-batsman in the limited-overs formats, is out of contract with Somerset at the end of the county season.
While it also understood an offer from Somerset is on the table, Buttler may choose to boost his chances of appearing for England in Tests by making the switch to Lancashire.
The highly-rated 23-year-old would be the first-choice wicketkeeper with the Red Rose after it was announced Gareth Cross would not be offered a new deal at Old Trafford.
Buttler has been competing with Somerset team-mate Craig Kieswetter for a regular spot behind the stumps.
While Buttler is ahead of the South African-born 25-year-old in England's pecking order, he has been largely used solely as a batsman at Taunton this season.
However, he has been in decent touch throughout the season, with 495 championship runs at an average of 38.07 for Somerset so far although it is his performances for England in the recently-completed NatWest Series against Australia that drew praise from fans and media alike.
A blistering 75 in a losing cause in the second one-day international at Old Trafford was followed by a match-winning 65 in the fourth match in Cardiff.
Buttler, who has also been linked with Warwickshire recently, is this week back on duty with Somerset as they attempt to preserve their status in Division One.