Melbourne Stars leading race to sign KP

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Former England batsman Kevin Pietersen is being linked to the Melbourne Stars for the Big Bash League at the end of the year, with the club's CEO saying they were having 'robust' discussions with the player.

Former England batsman Kevin Pietersen is being linked to the Melbourne Stars for the Big Bash League at the end of the year, with the club's CEO saying they were having 'robust' discussions with the player.

While no-one can actively sign a player yet as the embargo is still going, the Stars are keen to bag the free agent now what he has no England obligations. He had previously been linked to the Melbourne Renegades.

Melbourne Stars CEO Clint Cooper told cricket.com.au of negotiations with the Delhi Daredevils skipper: "We've had good, robust discussions with Kevin's management which is a positive sign moving forward.

"But at the moment we're in the throes of an embargo period so until that finishes, we won't be doing anything definitive."

Speculation that Pietersen would be signing with one of the Melbourne sides was increased on Wednesday, when he responded to a tweet from TrendsMelbourne, which said he was 'trending' in the city. He responded with :"My favourite city in Aus now…"

Sides will be able to actively compete for KP's signature as of 19 May, when the contract period opens, and the BBL have added an extra week to the process.

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