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Middlesex line up Hoggard move

PUBLISHED: 17:41 21 October 2009 | UPDATED: 14:45 24 August 2010

MIDDLESEX are expected to open talks with former England bowler Matthew Hoggard as they begin strengthening their squad for next season. Managing director of cricket Angus Fraser has confirmed that the club are keen to sign two pacemen, as well as an open

MIDDLESEX are expected to open talks with former England bowler Matthew Hoggard as they begin strengthening their squad for next season.

Managing director of cricket Angus Fraser has confirmed that the club are keen to sign two pacemen, as well as an opening batsman, during the close season.

The experienced Hoggard, 32, fits Fraser's bill after he was surprisingly released by Yorkshire earlier this month, especially following the exits of both Chris Silverwood and Alan Richardson.

Leicestershire have already announced their interest in signing Hoggard, a veteran of 67 Tests, while Worcestershire are also keen to add him to their attack.

Meanwhile, Fraser's first target for 2010 is already signed and sealed after the club agreed a three-year contract with Sussex left-arm spinner Tom Smith.

The 22-year-old, recently named in the ECB performance squad for the winter alongside new team-mates Steven Finn and John Simpson, will replace Murali Kartik, who has moved to Somerset.

"We've been watching Tom for quite some time and are thrilled that, despite interest from a number of other counties, he has chosen to commit his future to Middlesex," said Fraser.

"We are excited at the prospect of him and Shaun Udal forming a formidable spin partnership together.

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