DURHAM have signed Yorkshire batsman Alex Lees on a three-year deal, with the 25-year-old moving to Emirates Riverside immediately.

Lees will initially join Durham on loan for the remainder of the 2018 season, and will be available for the County Championship fixture against Glamorgan at Sophia Gardens that starts this weekend.

Originally from Halifax, Lees adds experience and depth to Durham’s squad and has played 89 first-class matches, scoring almost 5,000 runs and averaging 34.53.

The left-handed opener has played 46 List A fixtures and 37 T20s and was named as Yorkshire's captain in both white ball formats at the age of just 22.

He helped Yorkshire win back-to-back County Championship titles in 2014 and 2015 and has represented England Lions on tours to Sri Lanka and South Africa.

Durham head coach Jon Lewis said: "We’re delighted that Alex has signed for the club and believe that his experience and skillset will make him a perfect fit at Emirates Riverside.

"When an English batsman of his age and ability becomes available, it’s a no brainer and we’re pleased that he has chosen Durham as we were aware that other counties were looking at him.

"Adding him into our squad gives us great options across both red ball and white ball and we are looking forward to seeing him continue to develop during the coming years at Durham and put himself back in contention for an England spot."