The news breaking this afternoon through the Cric Buzz website that Derbyshire are keen to bring South African all-rounder Vernon Philander to the county is very exciting.
The all rounder is one of the best new ball bowlers in the game, as evidenced by around 180 Test wickets at 21 each. At 32 he is at the height of his powers, as he showed with his six second innings wickets as he bowled South Africa to victory in the first Test against India last week.
He has come through a sticky period of injury and, according to the website, early discussions have been positive.
Of course, nothing is sealed at this stage and neither a deal is finalised nor permission granted for him to play here by the South African cricket authorities. This could be declined, or they could put stringent limits on what he plays that makes a deal unrealistic.
The thought of Viljoen, Philander, Rampaul and Davis/Palladino in the same attack is a mouth-watering one, however and we must hope that first of all the story is true, then that Derbyshire can get it over the line in a manner that makes the signing worthwhile.
Well worth keeping an eye on!
Enjoy the rest of your weekend.