Davies approached by Surrey
Surrey have given Worcestershire 28 days’ notice of approach for England one-day wicketkeeper Steve Davies, who is out of contract at the end of the season.
Davies’ agent Craig Sackfield had agreed financial terms on a new three-year contract with the Royals.
But the 22-year-old academy product has insisted he wants to keep his options open until the end of the campaign before making a decision on his future.
Worcestershire chief executive Mark Newton said: “About two weeks ago, we sat down with Steve Davies’ agent who told us that Steve wanted to stay at Worcestershire.
“After that discussion, we said we desperately wanted Steve to stay here and offered a three-year contract.
“We asked the agent what the terms of that contract would be and the agent said ‘This is what he would expect’ and, after discussions internally, we said we would meet those terms.
“We subsequently had a 28 days’ notice of approach from Surrey. We made the contract offer, which was accepted in principle by his agent.
“But, subsequent to that, Steven has made the decision he wants to keep his options open for the rest of the season despite us meeting the terms requested of his agent for the next three years.”
Newton added: “We desperately want Steve to stay but the ball is very firmly in his court. It is up to him how he wants to proceed from here.”
Davies made his England debut in a Twenty20 international against West Indies in the Caribbean in March.