Middlesex seamer Harry Podmore has moved to Durham for the rest of the season, although he is only likely to feature for their second XI.

The 23-year-old is out of favour at Lord’s and has played two four-day game this season, spending the early part of the campaign at Glamorgan – where he played against Durham and took 3-124.

Podmore returned to Middlesex earlier this month and featured in their T20 clash with Hampshire, where he took 0-22, but is now back on the road again.

Although he won’t be playing for the first team, Podmore could earn himself a permanent move to the north east if he impresses in second XI matches and training.

Durham are in the Division Two, unlike Middlesex, and are just four points above bottom-placed Leicestershire following a 48-point deduction earlier in the campaign.

“We’re grateful to Gus Fraser (Middlesex’s director of cricket) for allowing us to take Harry on loan, and I’m sure Harry’s grateful too,” said Durham coach Jon Lewis.

“If it came to it that we needed Harry for the first team we would go back to Middlesex to ask them but they’re not a direct rival (playing in County Championship Division One), and I would think there’s a good chance they would be understanding.

“At the moment, though, the idea is for Harry to just play for the second XI.”