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Surrey working on KP deal

Salisbury Journal: Richard Gould wants Kevin Pietersen to play for Surrey this year Richard Gould wants Kevin Pietersen to play for Surrey this year

Surrey chief executive Richard Gould is confident of coming up with a deal that would allow Kevin Pietersen to play county cricket this summer.

Pietersen's existing agreement with the Brown Caps was linked to his central contract with the England and Wales Cricket Board and will expire when the terms of severance on that are finalised.

With the most lucrative playing options available in India, Australia and the West Indies, there remains a chance that Pietersen has played his final professional cricket match in England.

But he has enjoyed arguably the best relations of his career with Surrey and Gould is hoping to secure the 33-year-old's services for at least some of the NatWest T20 Blast.

The £2million county salary cap means the county cannot simply throw money at Pietersen, but a solution may still be possible.

Gould told Surrey TV: "As soon as Kevin's central contract has ended, his contract with us falls away.

"When he played for Surrey over recent years there was no money changing hands - he was playing for Surrey as part of his central contract.

"Kevin is effectively now a free agent. It must be quite a difficult period for him...and no doubt lots of people coming to him with options for what he could or should do in the future.

"We know he really wants to continue playing for Surrey, he knows we are really keen for him to continue playing for us, and over the next week or so we will work together to make sure that happens.

"There are market forces at work now. Obviously the IPL is going to play a big factor, and the Big Bash...but we want him for the NatWest T20 Blast and perhaps other formats of cricket here.

"I just need to make sure we can offer Kevin a good market rate for his services that keeps us within the boundaries we need to remain within."

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