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Law loan extended

16/08/19

Ryan Law’s loan at Truro City has been extended until January.

The Argyle defender has impressed at Treyew Road since being loaned to Truro in July, and now has the chance to get even more game time under his belt.

Source: pafc.co.uk

Lowe hints at another signing

15/08/19

Ryan Lowe has hinted that Argyle will look to bring in one more player during this transfer window. Asked whether this could happen before the Newport game, Lowe said “maybe we could have that before the weekend, maybe not.” It suggests that, at the very least, Lowe is still in talks with transfer targets.

Lowe also hinted that some players may depart on loan, alluding to the successes of Ryan Law and Luke Jephcott since they left on loan deals to Truro City.

Source: Plymouth Live

Confirmed: Argyle sign Grant on loan

08/08/19

Age: 20

Position: Centre-back

Last season: 0 goals and 0 assists in 12 appearances

Some deadline day activity (though Argyle’s deadline day isn’t for weeks yet), as Joshua Grant joins Plymouth Argyle on a half-season loan from Chelsea.

Grant played the full 90-minutes in Chelsea u23s 5-0 victory over Argyle at Home Park last season. He started eight professional matches in all competitions, including eight on-loan at relegated Yeovil Town in the second half of the season. His shirt number has not been confirmed and, with two players named J. Grant at the club, it will be interesting to see what is on the back of his shirt.

Source: pafc.co.uk

Confirmed: Smith-Brown joins Oldham on loan

02/08/19

Ashley Smith-Brown has joined fellow League Two side Oldham Athletic on loan.

The loan is set to last for the entirety of the 2019/20 season.

Source: pafc.co.uk

Confirmed: Jephcott Loaned to Truro

02/08/19

Luke Jephcott has been loaned out by Plymouth Argyle to Paul Wotton’s Truro City.

The loan is for an initial period of 28 days, and Ryan Lowe has hinted that there could be a place in the Argyle squad for Jephcott this season if he performs well at Treyew Road.

Source: pafc.co.uk

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Rumour: Ashley Smith-Brown to Oldham

01/08/19

Rumour: Plymouth Argyle’s Ashley Smith-Brown is set to join Oldham on loan

Age: 23

Position: Full back

Last season: 1 goal and 2 assists in 37 appearances

Source: owtb.co.uk

Verdict: A curious one, this. Whilst Ashley Smith-Brown has had a difficult pre-season, with the player actively struggling to make a mark in a system not all too ready to accommodate full backs, there was no indication that Lowe wanted him out of the door. However, that’s not to say that work hadn’t been going on behind the scenes, and if Oldham are keen, there is every chance that a deal could be struck for the player.

Let’s consider the logistics of this first of all. Smith-Brown is highly unlikely to play regularly for Argyle this season. It would take an injury to Callum McFadzean to open up a starting spot, and even then it’s possible that players such as Byron Moore or Joel Grant would be chosen to fill that hole ahead of Smith-Brown. Additionally, the fact he has been linked to Oldham gives credence to the rumour for two reasons. First of all, the Latics are looking for defensive reinforcements, and they are based close to where Smith-Brown began his career at Manchester City’s academy.

The source on this one is also interesting. Many people saw the rumour initially through Oldham fan Danny Taylor’s post on Twitter, but we’ve tracked it back to a post on Oldham’s supporters forum. The forum post was made at 3:27pm, and Taylor’s tweet came at 3:30pm. Provided those times are reliable (they aren’t always on football forums!), it’s possible that Taylor saw the rumour and tweeted it immediately. However, the times are very close, so there’s every chance both heard about the rumour at the same time, and posted it accordingly. That would certainly add to it a higher degree of reliability.

In truth, without being experts on how Oldham’s fans operate online, we just cannot be sure on this one. However, it’s certainly one worth keeping an eye on.

Rumour rating: ★★★

Rumour: Argyle to miss out on Ennis

 

01/08/19

Rumour: Plymouth Argyle are set to miss out Wolverhampton striker Niall Ennis, with Doncaster set to sign the player

Age: 20

Position: Striker

Last season: 1 appearance

Source: Football Insider

Verdict: Generally speaking, when Pete O’Rourke and Football Insider report that something is imminent, it tends to be believable. However, we should note that O’Rourke is not infallible. Indeed, it was he who reported that Argyle were close to signing Martyn Woolford last week. That was before Chris Errington claimed that link was wide of the mark later that day, and we have heard nothing on the potential deal since.

It’s also interesting to note that it was Football Insider themselves who made the initial link between Argyle and Ennis back in mid-July. That wasn’t entirely wide of the mark – Ryan Lowe himself stated that Argyle had held talks with the player. However, it does lead one to question whether we can believe the source on the same player given their previous record.

However, despite all that caveating, this is a move that would make sense. Ennis and Wolves presumably wanted to keep their options open when looking for a loan destination, and a League One club looking to secure his services may prove they were right to do so. As for Doncaster, they are in the market for a new striker following the departure of John Marquis to Portsmouth. Don’t be surprised if this one gets over the line – it’s probably time for Argyle to turn their focus to other targets.

Rumour rating: ★★★★

Update: No contract for Hall

 

01/08/19

Ryan Lowe has confirmed that defender and Plymouth Argyle trialist Ben Hall will not be signing a contract at Home Park,

The Argyle manager was speaking about Argyle’s squad heading into the season, and confirmed that he won’t be offering Hall a deal.

Source: Plymouth Live

Update: Lowe after two more loan signings

 

31/07/19

Contrary to what he said last week, Ryan Lowe told the Herald the he is “working hard on one or two [additional loan signings]. Whether that will be before Saturday, I’m not too sure.”

It has been suggested to Argyle Life that the two loanees in question are Zak Rudden and Niall Ennis. Ennis has previously been linked with Argyle by Pete O’Rourke. Allegedly, the loan for Rudden is complete and set to be announced. The Plymouth Herald also claim that a deal is close to being finalised.

The same Argyle Life sources also allege that Calum Dyson is set to depart, while Alex Fletcher is set to go out on loan.

Source: Plymouth Herald

Update: Decision to be made on trialist Hall

30/07/19

Following a full 90-minute performance against Tavistock, Plymouth Argyle manager Ryan Lowe confirmed a decision will now be made on whether trialist Ben Hall will be offered a contract.

Lowe said: “He’s a great lad and I wanted to give him the best opportunity. I will speak to Ben and his agent and we will decide what’s what.

“With the new recruits and the players that were here, I would like to think the squad that we have got now is very good and capable, so you have got to be better or on a par with that.

“I’m not saying Ben’s not that. Ben has obviously got his own qualities, but we would have to sit down and decide whether to have a look at him again for another couple of days, or if he can get something somewhere else then maybe.

“We will help him out as much as we possibly can because he’s a good kid.”

Source: Plymouth Herald

Rumour: Argyle after Rudden

 

29/07/19

Rumour: Argyle are chasing Zak Rudden

Age: 19

Position: Striker

Last season: 13 goals and 4 assists in 32 appearances

Source: Facebook

It’s circulating slightly on Facebook and Twitter that Argyle are moving to sign Rangers striker Zak Rudden on loan. Though it has since been pushed on the Plymouth Argyle twitter hashtag, the origin of the rumour appears to be Plymouth Argyle Free Chat, so that tells you a lot of what you probably need to know.

While a couple of “rumours” started on Free Chat have been correct, the vast – VAST – majority are basically made up. Given the lack of evidence provided with this one – and the fact his name was spelled incorrectly – we’ll err on the side of caution and suggest ignoring this unless something more appears from a reputable source.

Given Rudden is a promising young Rangers striker, this isn’t the first time that someone has pushed the obvious Ryan Lowe link. Rudden signed a contract extension until summer 2021 this summer after his performances last season narrowly failed to keep Falkirk in the Scottish Championship. However, he was rewarded for his efforts with awards for supporters’ and players’ player of the year, young player of the year and goal of the year.

More recently, Rudden has been linked with a loan spell at either Livingston or Ayr United, having been spotted taking in their Scottish League Cup match. Both are looking for a striker, and either of those sides would be literally hundreds of miles closer than relocating to the south west.

Rumour rating: ★

Update: Argyle not interested in Woolford

26/07/19

Earlier today, Football Insider claimed that Martyn Woolford was on the verge of joining Plymouth Argyle as a free-agent. However, the Plymouth Herald have claimed that these reports are wide of the mark.

This report also comes on the same day as news that Lowe told the Herald that he was only seeking one more player, a loanee. This contrasts with the claim made by Football Insider, as Woolford would have been a permanent signing.

Yet, it is rare for a journalist like Pete O’Rourke to make a claim like this without any form of evidence. Normally, a rumour wouldn’t be reported like this – saying that he is ‘poised to sign’ – unless they were certain. It would be phrased as a club being ‘interested’ instead. Therefore, don’t rule this one out completely, even if it is now considered very unlikely.

Source: Plymouth Live

Rumour: Argyle set to sign Martyn Woolford

26/07/19

Rumour: Argyle are poised to sign free-agent Martyn Woolford

Age: 33

Position: Winger

Last season: 3 goals and 2 assists in 40 appearances

Source: Football Insider

Verdict: Pete O’Rourke, writing for Football Insider, is claiming that Woolford is as good as a done deal. O’Rourke has proved to be a reliable source of rumours over the past few years, and recently broke the news that Byron Moore was set to join Argyle eleven days before it was confirmed. He also broke the news that Argyle were in “advanced talks” to sign Niall Ennis on loan, a player Ryan Lowe then confirmed his interest in.

Woolford’s potential signing is an interesting one to say the least. He has spend most of his career as a winger, though it is quite some time since he was lower-end Championship quality player. After struggling in League One, he dropped a level and signed for Grimsby in summer 2017. There, he scored five and assisted three in 73 appearances, predominantly playing from the left-wing.

Would this mean Woolford is being signed to compete at left wing-back? If so, it would be bad news for Ashley Smith-Brown, who would surely be sidelined by such a move. However, though Woolford has been a winger all his career, last season Grimsby deployed him from central and defensive midfield. Therefore, maybe he could be brought in to provide cover to Joe Edwards? Hard to tell…

Rumour rating: ★★★★★

Update: Lowe not finished yet

 

26/07/19

Plymouth Argyle manager Ryan Lowe has confirmed that he is not yet finished in the transfer market.

He told the Plymouth Herald that there was “possibly one more, maybe a loan in the very near future, and we will be more or less done.” He did not confirm which position he was targeting the new signing for, but it is most likely either a centre-back or a striker.

Lowe also confirmed that some players will be departing on loan in the immediate future: “we will probably get one or two out in the next few days on loan.”

This comes a day after Calum Dyson was not included in Plymouth Argyle’s 2018/19 squad photo, reigniting speculation that he will move on during this transfer window.

Source: Plymouth Herald

Confirmed: Argyle sign Jose Baxter

25/07/19

Plymouth Argyle today announced the capture of Jose Baxter on a six month contract with a view to an extension.

Baxter most recently played for Oldham Athletic, following a lengthy period out of football as a result of a drugs ban.

Source: pafc.co.uk

Confirmed: Argyle sign Moore

 

23/07/19

After a fairly lengthy period of speculation, Plymouth Argyle have finally confirmed the signing of Byron Moore.

Moore, 30, becomes Argyle’s fifth signing of the summer from Ryan Lowe’s former side Bury.

Source: pafc.co.uk

Lowe: Another signing on Monday

 

21/07/19

Ryan Lowe has been quoted as saying that Argyle will make another new signing on Monday. Speaking to Plymouth Live, Lowe said “We will have some good news for you on Monday. I’m not giving you any more than that but you will have a signing.”

This is the second week in a row that Lowe has mentioned that Argyle will start the week with a new signing. He did this after Argyle’s win over Plymouth Parkway last week, and many expected Byron Moore to be the signing he was referring to. In the end, it was Callum McFadzean announced by Argyle. This time, the signs of it being Moore are even more prevalent, but we’ll wait and see.

Source: Plymouth Live

Rumour: Blair Henderson

 

20/07/19

Rumour: Argyle are “monitoring the situation” regarding Edinburgh City striker Blair Henderson

Age: 24

Position: Striker

Last season: 38 goals and 4 assists in 47 appearances

Source: Twitter

Verdict: There’s plenty for us to unpack here. First of all, let’s look at the player himself. Henderson shone in 2018/19, narrowly missing out on the 40-goal mark in all competitions. He won the top goalscorer award, though we should perhaps note that this came in League Two in Scotland, a semi-professional league. At 24, Henderson isn’t exactly a young prodigy, so a jump to the English Football League would be a sudden, huge one.

Now let’s look at the rumour. It is mentioned that Doncaster are the team most likely to make a move for Henderson, with Argyle, Oldham and Rochdale all monitoring the situation. If this is true, and we have our doubts (more on that shortly), this would indicate that Argyle aren’t at the front of the queue. Home Park could be an attractive prospect for the player, and Henderson seems to fit the mould of a Ryan Lowe striker. However, one would have to assume that the opportunity to play League One football would appeal to the player even more at this time.

Finally, let’s assess the source. The rumour may appear to fall apart here, though we ought to note that this is not a source we have assessed before, so we cannot be absolutely sure of its reliability. The account in question is simply called “Transfer Rumours”. It is an anonymous account that only posts during transfer season and retweets itself whenever it appears to get something right. All the hallmarks, indeed, of an account making things up as they go along. We’ll give them some leeway, because we haven’t dealt with them before, but we can conclude that it is more likely than not that this is a bogus account.

We’ll keep an eye on it, but don’t be surprised if nothing comes of this one.

Rumour rating: ★★

 

 

Update: Moore serves Bury contract notice

 

 

19/07/19

Rumour: Byron Moore has served notice on his Bury contract, and is therefore able to leave the club for free

Age: 30

Position: Striker

Last season: 8 goals and 4 assists in 43 appearances

Source: Twitter

Verdict: This is all beginning to add up. Moore has been strongly linked to Argyle by Pete O’Rourke, the same reliable journalist who posted this update on Twitter today. He was expected to sign recently, but the deal was not announced by Argyle before the squad flew out to Spain on Wednesday. Some were therefore led to speculate that the deal had hit a bump in the road.

However, the news that Moore has now served his notice at Bury suggests this is what was initially preventing the deal from being completed. If these reports are to be believed, and we’d certainly say they are, he is free to leave the club. That would give Argyle a clear path to sign the player.

This doesn’t necessarily mean he will be heading to Home Park. Other clubs may indeed be interested in the player. However, we’d have to conclude that Argyle are in pole position, and Moore’s transfer to somewhere, at least, has taken a step forward.

Rumour rating: ★★★★★

 

Law loaned to Truro

19/07/19

Defender Ryan Law has signed for Truro City on loan.

The 19-year-old joins Paul Wotton’s side for what will be an initial period of 28 days.

Source: pafc.co.uk

Update: Niall Ennis on Argyle Radar - Lowe

 

18/07/19

Ryan Lowe has confirmed that Argyle are looking to sign Wolves striker Niall Ennis on loan. Lowe told Plymouth Live that Ennis is “one of many” on his list of potential signings at this current time.

Lowe did mention that other clubs may well be in for the player. However, this was followed by a comment that Argyle were also in for other players, suggesting that more offers may be on the table.

Source: Plymouth Live

Confirmed: Palmer joins on loan

 

16/07/19

Plymouth Argyle have signed West Bromwich Albion goalkeeper Alex Palmer on a season long loan.

Palmer looks set to be challenging for the number one spot with Mike Cooper this season, with Jordan Holmes’ trial seemingly coming to an end.

Source: pafc.co.uk

Update: No Argyle offer for Ennis

 

15/07/19

Rumour: Plymouth Argyle have not yet made an offer for Wolverhampton striker Niall Ennis

Age: 20

Position: Striker

This season: 1 appearance

Source: Twitter

Verdict: Despite the Football Insider reports we discussed earlier, it looks like we may have to be patient on this one. Pete O’Rourke’s article gave off the impression that a deal was potentially imminent, but this update makes that idea sound questionable at best. If Argyle have yet to even put in an offer for the player, it suggests that there is quite a way to go before a deal can be struck.

The source of this update appears to be a reliable one. Tim Spiers has his account verified on Twitter, and reports on Wolves for the Express and Star. His tweet also mentions that Ennis is currently in China on a pre-season tour with the club. We have no reason to doubt this claim, and it suggests that the wheels are not particularly in motion regarding a potential move.

This update doesn’t necessarily mean that O’Rourke’s earlier article isn’t to be trusted. Indeed, a deal could be negotiated immediately, and Ennis could fly back at any time to put pen to paper on his loan contract. It could even make sense for him to fly out to Spain and meet with the Argyle squad directly. However, as we’ve mentioned, we may be made to wait on this one.

Rumour rating: ★★★

Confirmed: McFadzean signs from Bury

 

15/07/19

Plymouth Argyle have signed yet another player from Bury, with Callum McFadzean’s transfer being confirmed today. McFadzean predominantly played on the left of the midfield four for Bury last season, and this is where we’d expect him to slot in at Argyle.

Ryan Lowe mentioned on Saturday that a signing was set to be confirmed today. Many suspected that this would be Byron Moore, but in the end another Bury player has walked through the front door at Home Park.

Source: pafc.co.uk

Rumour: Argyle in loan move for Ennis

 

15/07/19

Rumour: Plymouth Argyle are in advanced talks with Wolves to sign Niall Ennis on loan

Age: 20

Position: Striker

This season: 1 appearance

Source: Football Insider

Verdict: There is every reason to believe that this transfer is possible. The vast majority of Ennis’ appearances have come in youth football, with three appearances last season for Wolves in the Checkatrade Trophy. However, his only competitive appearance for the first team came against Shrewsbury in the FA Cup. Clearly, he needs games to develop. As a striker, playing in an attacking side would be a bonus. Ryan Lowe’s Plymouth Argyle would therefore be an excellent option.

The source is also very believable. This is another article by Pete O’Rourke for the Football Insider website, the same source method that saw the link made between Argyle and Byron Moore last week, a transfer we still expect to go through. Whilst O’Rourke can occasionally link a number of clubs to a single player, in what seems to be an attempt to drive up views, here he has made a direct link between Ennis and Argyle. It would be odd to see him stick his neck out like this without some inside information to back it up.

Ennis predominantly plays as a striker, but is also able to play on the left wing. His versatility would therefore be useful to Lowe when setting up his side. Let’s not go overboard just yet – O’Rourke’s article does indeed mention that the club are in advanced talks with the player, but that doesn’t mean a deal is done. Talks can, after all, break down. However, the prospects on this one are good.

Rumour rating: ★★★★

Lowe: New signing on Monday

 

14/07/19

Ryan Lowe has been quoted as saying that Plymouth Argyle will make a new signing on Monday. The comment came after Argyle’s 2-0 pre-season victory over Plymouth Parkway yesterday afternoon.

Whether that new signing will be Byron Moore, who Argyle have been strongly linked with, or another player, remains to be seen.

Source: Twitter

 

Rumour: Byron Moore to Argyle

 

12/07/19

Rumour: Byron Moore is set to become the latest player to quit Bury and join Plymouth Argyle

Age: 30

Position: Striker

This season: 8 goals and 4 assists in 43 appearances

Source: Twitter

Verdict: Very believable, this one. There have been tentative links between Moore and Argyle for a while now, but nothing concrete has surfaced until today. Rumours intensified earlier when an article on Football Insider was attributed to reliable journalist Pete O’Rourke, and now O’Rourke has tweeted the rumour from his own account. We can therefore say it is very likely the transfer will go through.

The likelihood of the deal being confirmed is only heightened by the fact that Moore will be coming from Bury. Ryan Lowe has already demonstrated that he is not afraid to take players from his old club this transfer window. Indeed, if this deal goes through, Moore will become the fourth player to join Argyle from the Shakers since Lowe took charge at Home Park. He is clearly a fan of the player. Moore made 43 appearances for Bury last season, albeit not all as a starter, and Lowe’s willingness to bring him to Home Park is a solid vote of confidence in his abilities.

Moore is believed to have serviced notice on his Bury contract to allow him to move away from the club for free. Therefore, provided there are no legal issues at play, we can expect some news soon.

Rumour rating: ★★★★★

Holmes future to be decided tomorrow

 

12/07/19

Jordan Holmes’ future at Plymouth Argyle is set to be decided following the side’s friendly against Plymouth Parkway tomorrow, according to Ryan Lowe. Holmes is to be given another 45 minutes on the pitch tomorrow afternoon in a bid to prove himself worthy of a contract at Home Park.

Holmes is said to have impressed in training, but will be hoping for a strong performance against Parkway to earn himself a deal, particularly after a shaky performance in Truro on Tuesday. If he does enough, we’d expect the transfer to be confirmed early next week, with the squad flying out to Spain on Wednesday.

Source: Plymouth Live

 

Confirmed: Telford signs

 

11/07/19

Plymouth Argyle have confirmed the signing of Bury striker Dominic Telford.

Telford played under Lowe last season, and it was widely speculated that a bid of £50,000 had been lodged recently. Argyle have now got their man.

Source: pafc.co.uk

Lowe expects more signings this week

10/07/19

Ryan Lowe has mentioned in an interview that he expects Plymouth Argyle to announce more signings before the pre-season tour to Spain commences next week.

This was mentioned by Gareth Davies, sports writer for the Sunday Independent, on social media. The interview took place after Argyle’s 1-0 defeat to Truro City last night. There’s no reason not to believe Davies here. He was the one who confirmed Argyle had made an offer to Danny Mayor, whilst also confirming that the club were not in for goalkeeper Frank Fielding, contrary to other reports.

Argyle depart for Alicante on 17th July – a week from now. We’d therefore expect more news on signings in the coming days.

Source: Twitter

Lowe: Argyle complete another signing

 

09/07/19

Ryan Lowe has apparently confirmed that Argyle have made another signing. This comes from Graham Clark on PASOTI, who mentioned that Lowe delivered the news at yesterday’s PACSA meeting.

The identity of that new signing is unclear, but one would perhaps expect that they will be involved in some way against Truro this evening.

Source: PASOTI

Rumour: Argyle after Reading's Smith

 

08/07/19

Rumour: Plymouth Argyle are one of a number of clubs looking at Reading striker Sam Smith

Age: 21

Position: Striker

This season: 3 goals and 1 assist in 26 appearances (for Oxford)

Source: Twitter

Verdict: On the face of it, this is the sort of player we’d expect Lowe to be after. Much was expected of Smith when he signed for Oxford on loan last season, but he failed to deliver. Never a regular in the starting lineup, all of his goals and assists came in the much-maligned Checkatrade Trophy. However, the player is clearly talented, and with Argyle playing in a division below Oxford next season, Smith could be expected to kick-start his career at Home Park.

Don’t get too excited, however. Whilst the move makes sense, the rumour falls apart when we analyse the source. “Ed Ratchford” claims to be a former journalist at a “major newspaper” – though it seems odd that the paper itself isn’t mentioned. It’s almost as if this isn’t a factual claim, and Ratchford doesn’t want people looking up this information to falsify it. But perhaps the aspect of the account that truly discredits it is the profile picture – taken from New Zealander Warwick J Allen’s ResearchGate page rather than being a picture of “Ratchford” himself.

This would therefore be a surprise if it went through. If it does, don’t credit the account with having any inside information. They will have simply gotten lucky.

Rumour rating: ★

Transfer update from Lowe

 

08/07/19

Ryan Lowe has been speaking to Plymouth Live about his plans for the remainder of the transfer window. Lowe mentioned that offers are on the table for three players, and that he’s hoping for “one or two” additions by the end of the week, but he is willing to give the current squad a chance over the next few pre-season matches.

Lowe also confirmed that Ian Roscrow, appointed head of recruitment under Derek Adams, has left the club.

Source: Plymouth Live

 

Rumour: Matt to join Argyle tomorrow

 

07/07/19

Rumour: Jamille Matt will sign for Plymouth Argyle from Newport County tomorrow

Age: 29

Position: Striker

This season: 20 goals and 8 assists in 57 appearances

Source: Twitter

Verdict: Unlikely, for a number of reasons. First of all, as we mentioned when Matt was last linked to Lowe’s Argyle, the player is still under contract. Thus, to sign him, Argyle would have to pay a fee for a player that doesn’t fit perfectly into the manager’s system. This would appear to be a speculative claim to say the least.

We also can’t see anything to suggest we should believe the source of the rumour. Ross Coleman has tweeted the rumour with no evidence, no wider context, and no history of knowledge to back it up. In the past, he has suggested Argyle are set to sign players when nobody joined, and hinted that Ian Holloway was set to become Argyle’s new manager when it appears he wasn’t even considered. This is an Argyle fan clearly hoping for transfer news, not a journalist with any inside information.

Be very surprised if this one goes through.

Rumour rating: ★

Confirmed: McCrorie joins Portsmouth

 

05/07/19

Portsmouth have confirmed the signing of Rangers’ Ross McCrorie, despite reported interest from Plymouth Argyle.

The player was linked with Pompey and Shrewsbury, but reports on Twitter, later picked up by PASOTI, suggested that Argyle were set to beat both to the player. This was partly due to Ryan Lowe’s connection with Rangers manager Steven Gerrard. Alas, it wasn’t to be.

Source: Twitter

Rumour: Ross McCrorie to Argyle

 

03/07/19

Rumour: Plymouth Argyle are set to loan Ross McCrorie for the season

Age: 21

Position: Central defender

Last season: 0 goals and 0 assists in 31 appearances

Source: Twitter

Verdict: The source should tell you all you need to know. These guys have started posting random rumours from nowhere in the past couple of weeks, some of them appear to be very speculative to say the least…

Having said this, the original source appears to be a tweet from an Argyle fan claiming to have been told by a Rangers supporting friend about the move. If the Transfer Twins did base their tweet from that one, that would only further serve to undermine it, unless the two had received information from the same source.

Additionally, it has since been reported that Portsmouth and Shrewsbury are leading the race to loan McCrorie, whom Gerrard wants to play a full season as first choice in order to further his development.

McCrorie certainly would be a coup if Argyle could get him, and maybe there is something in this because of Lowe’s links with Gerrard, but unless we hear from someone more authoritative we’re not going to rate this as likely.

Rumour rating: ★★

Ryan Lowe: Argyle line up "exciting youngster"

 

02/07/19

Ryan Lowe says he has an exciting, promising young player from a big club lined up for a potential loan move.

The gaffer said: “We have got a couple of irons in the fire and we have potentially got a loan coming in not too soon, maybe for the start of the season. He is an exciting talent and plays for a big club and we have first dabs on that if all else fails.”

This is not a sign of an imminent #incoming. His comments suggest that this player is not his first choice target, but if he is unable to bring in other permanent or temporary players he could turn to them.

Source: Plymouth Herald

Update: Lowe talks about Telford

02/07/19

Age: 22

Position: Striker

Last season: 14 goals and 6 assists in 48 appearances

Talking to the Herald, Ryan Lowe confirmed that Argyle had a “couple of bids in for a couple of players,” though he refused to confirm the identities of any of these players.

He then went on to say the following about Telford, who the Herald claimed Plymouth Argyle had bid £50,000 for: “Dom is a fantastic player and we know what Dom is about, but we have got other offers out for players also”.

Lowe’s final comment was to confirm that the club would not be throwing money at new players, despite selling Ladapo for £500,000.

He said: “If there are players out there who are demanding too much money, or clubs that are demanding too much money, then we will move on. There’s plenty of targets out there.”

Source: Plymouth Herald

Jordan Holmes on trial

 

02/07/19

Ryan Lowe has confirmed that Australian goalkeeper Jordan Holmes has begun a trial at Plymouth Argyle.

The 22-year-old comes from AFC Bournemouth, and has caps for Australia at youth level.

Source: Plymouth Live

Rumour: Caolan Lavery Interest

02/07/19

Rumour: Plymouth Argyle are interested in bringing Caolan Lavery back to Home Park

Age: 26

Position: Striker

Last season: 6 goals and 1 assists in 29 appearances

Source: Twitter

Verdict: Suffice to say there is plenty of doubt here. The source that has posted this rumour joined Twitter only last month. They’ve built up a following of just 22 and post exclusively on transfers. Some of that can be speculation, some can be confirmed news, and some is literally copied and pasted from official club accounts.

Perhaps the funniest element of this account, however, is the bio. It says that rumours and news will not be posted between the hours of 9am and 3pm. We can only presume this is due to the person running the account being at school. With the admin being so dedicated to their education, it’s highly unlikely they will have the time or contacts to do effective research into EFL transfer dealings. More likely, this person has seen the Lavery rumour elsewhere, and copied it onto their Twitter feed.

Let’s be clear: we’re critiquing the source of the rumour, not dismissing the content of it. Lavery did of course play under Ryan Lowe for Bury last season, and as such, we’d expect the Argyle manager to have at least a passing interest in the player. This transfer may happen, but today’s tweet doesn’t mark a significant step forward in any way.

Rumour rating: ★★

Barclay trial cancelled

02/07/19

Ben Barclay’s trial at Plymouth Argyle has been cancelled.

Argyle announced that Barclay would start a trial at the club last week. However, it seems he has been offered a permanent contract by a League One side. Thus, the player himself has cancelled his trial.

Source: Plymouth Live

Rumour: Argyle bid for Telford

02/07/19

Rumour: Plymouth Argyle have launched a bid for Bury Striker Dominic Telford

Age: 22

Position: Striker

Last season: 14 goals and 6 assists in 48 appearances

Source: Plymouth Live

Verdict: It’s been rumoured that Argyle have been interested in Telford ever since Ryan Lowe joined Argyle as manager last month. However, there have been questions about how Argyle would go about converting that interest into a transfer. Would they be able to sign a player who hadn’t been paid for free? Would Ryan Lowe go for even more players from Bury given his concerns about the club? Today, it appears Plymouth Live have answered a few of those questions.

It is the website’s “understanding” that Argyle have made a bid in the region of £50,000 for the striker. This would appear to suggest that Argyle have chosen their route to signing the player. Unlike Danny Mayor and Will Aimson, Telford remains under contract at Bury for another year, theoretically at least. By offering money for the player, Argyle appear to be offering to make a more conventional transfer, rather than going through legal battles regarding a breach of Telford’s contract by Bury. Remember, the fact that it took so long for Argyle to secure Lowe as manager is believed to be due to legal issues.

Lowe hasn’t explicitly stated that a bid for Telford has gone in, but it would be an odd thing for Plymouth Live to claim without prior knowledge. We’re therefore happy to believe them. We know the money is there following the sale of Freddie Ladapo, and Telford would be a good signing – after missing out on Nicky Maynard, signing a striker ten years his junior could be just what Argyle need.

Rumour rating: ★★★★

Confirmed: Argyle sign Aimson

 

02/07/19

Will Aimson has been announced today as Plymouth Argyle’s third summer signing.

The centre back follows Danny Mayor from Bury, and links up with Argyle manager Ryan Lowe once more.

Source: pafc.co.uk

Confirmed: Maynard joins Mansfield

 

 

02/07/19

Plymouth Argyle have missed out on the signing of Nicky Maynard. The player has instead opted to join Mansfield Town.

Source: mansfieldtown.net

Update: Aimson to leave Bury

01/07/19

Will Aimson has confirmed on social media that he will be leaving Bury.

The player has been linked with a move to Plymouth Argyle, where he could reunite with ex-Bury manager Ryan Lowe.

Source: Twitter

Rumour: Argyle to sign Will Aimson

 

01/07/19

Rumour: Plymouth Argyle will follow up the signing of Danny Mayor by bringing Will Aimson to the club

Age: 25

Position: Central defender

Last season: 4 goals and 4 assists in 43 appearances

Source: PASOTI

Verdict: This is something that wasn’t necessarily worth paying attention to before today, but has since gained credibility. PASOTI user “pafc_casual” mentioned that a source told them two players were set to sign for Argyle today. One was Will Aimson, and the other was Danny Mayor. If this information is genuine, following Mayor’s signing, Aimson could be likely to follow.

That doesn’t mean it is certain, mind. The poster did indeed say that Mayor was likely to sign today, but we all knew that Mayor had held talks with the club. It could just be that this was an educated guess by the poster, and they got lucky. Aimson, while not linked to Argyle quite as strongly, would also be a signing that makes sense. The centre back has won promotion from League Two twice, both times as a part of a back three, and once under Ryan Lowe with Bury. Of course Lowe is likely to be interested in bringing him to Home Park.

This is a very interesting rumour. There’s as much of a chance that this poster has genuine information as there is that they have got fortunate. But if Aimson does sign, we’ll certainly take this source more seriously in future.

Rumour rating: ★★★

Confirmed: Argyle sign Danny Mayor

01/07/19

Plymouth Argyle have pulled off a major coup this afternoon by confirming the signing of Danny Mayor.

The former Bury player links up with Ryan Lowe again, following a successful season with the new Argyle manager last year. The contract length has not been confirmed, but it has been announced that Mayor will wear the number 10 shirt at Home Park.

Source: pafc.co.uk

Update: Mayor to leave Bury

 

30/06/19

Following Nicky Maynard’s recent decision, Danny Mayor has also announced he will be leaving Bury. The message was sent on Twitter via Mayor’s former Bury teammate Nicky Adams.

This doesn’t come as surprising news, but we can perhaps infer from this that Mayor has made a decision on where he will play his football next season. We know Argyle are after his signature, but they are not the only ones…

Source: Twitter

Update: Maynard to leave Bury

29/06/19

Nicky Maynard has announced that he will be leaving Bury and playing his football elsewhere next season.

With Maynard being a known target for Plymouth Argyle, this could be the move the Greens were waiting for to get their man.

Source: Instagram

Rumour: Argyle close to League Two duo

 

27/06/19

Rumour: Plymouth Argyle are close to the signings of Charlie Kirk from Crewe and Joseph Mills from Forest Green

Age: 21 (Kirk), 29 (Mills)

Position: Winger (Kirk), Full back (Mills)

Last season: 11 goals and 10 assists in 45 appearances (Kirk), 5 goals and 8 assists in 48 appearances (Mills)

Source: Twitter

Verdict: Another rumour that has come from a Twitter source where we certainly cannot be sure of validity. However, this doesn’t appear to be an account based solely on trying to appear “in the know”. It comes from the Tipster Twins account, which seems to focus more on betting opportunities rather than transfers.

That being said, we don’t think there’s a great deal to this rumour. The account hadn’t tweeted before today since April, so it may be the case that they are trying to become relevant again through making up transfer rumours. The account also has a picture of Home Park as its cover photo (this did not appear to be the case earlier) so suggestions that it is trying to re-establish itself as an Argyle account may also be accurate.

We’d also have to question whether the players mentioned are realistic targets. Kirk would make a good signing, but he still has two years left on his deal at Crewe, so a significant transfer fee would have to be involved. The same can be said for Mills, who is still under contract at Forest Green. He is also primarily a full back, and it’s unlikely that Ryan Lowe would prioritise him due to an absence of full backs in his preferred system.

This is a source we’ll keep an eye on, but you can happily ignore for now.

Rumour rating: ★★

Argyle to take Barclay on trial

 

27/06/19

Plymouth Argyle have confirmed that Ben Barclay will start a trial at the club next week.

The 22-year-old captained Brighton’s youngsters at the start of last season, but ended it on loan at relegated Notts County.

Source: Twitter

Update: Fielding set to join Millwall

 

27/06/19

Rumour: Plymouth Argyle target Frank Fielding will join Millwall

Age: 31

Position: Goalkeeper

Last season: 3 clean sheets in 7 appearances

Source: London News Online

Verdict: This was always the danger. We mentioned a couple of days ago that whilst Argyle’s interest in the player had been reported, we couldn’t rule out the possibility of other clubs swooping to sign Fielding. This now appears to be the case, with London News Online stating that Millwall have “beaten off competition from a pack of other clubs” to sign him.

In fact, if reports from Gareth Davies, chief sports writer for the Sunday Independent, are to be believed, Argyle may not have been interested in the player at all. Ryan Lowe has been quoted as saying the first reports of the interest were wide of the mark. Whether this is a deflection tactic, or genuine information from Argyle’s manager, we can assume that this deal is dead.

Rumour rating: ★★★★

 

Update: Mayor in talks with Ipswich

 

27/06/19

Rumour: Ipswich Town are “strong contenders” to sign Plymouth Argyle target Danny Mayor

Age: 28

Position: Centre midfield

This season: 12 goals and 12 assists in 44 appearances

Source: Twitter

Verdict: This adds up with a lot of what we already heard. We know Mayor was in Plymouth yesterday, but it was also heavily speculated that he’d be talking to another club today. That was a club described as being another located a fair distance from Bury. Ipswich fit that description and, following their recent relegation to League One, a link between them and the player makes sense.

The source of this rumour also appears fairly reliable. Mark Iles is the chief football writer at The Bolton News, which means he’s likely to have contacts in the game across the north west. There is no reason to disbelieve what he says on this matter.

On face value, Ipswich would seem a more suitable destination for the player. So should Argyle fans still be confident? There’s no reason not to be. We had confirmation today that Argyle have put in an offer for the player, and the opportunity to work with Ryan Lowe again with guaranteed playing time may be enough to convince Mayor to move to Home Park.

Rumour rating: ★★★★

Confirmed: Joe Edwards Signs

 

27/06/19

Joe Edwards has been confirmed as the first signing of Ryan Lowe’s tenure at Home Park.

The 28-year-old had an injury hit season with Walsall in 2018/19, but still managed to score a couple of goals in the second half of the campaign. He can play both in midfield and as a fullback, and is likely to be considered for the defensive midfield role in Lowe’s system.

Source: pafc.co.uk

New Contract: Klaidi Lolos

 

 

26/06/19

Klaidi Lolos has signed a new contract at Plymouth Argyle.

There is yet to be an official update on the club website, so the length of the striker’s contract cannot be confirmed.

Source: Twitter

Update: Mayor deal not done

26/06/19

Rumour: A deal for Plymouth Argyle to sign Danny Mayor is not yet complete, despite the player being in Plymouth today

Age: 28

Position: Centre midfield

This season: 12 goals and 12 assists in 44 appearances

Source: Twitter

Verdict: Confirmation then, not that we needed it, that Danny Mayor was indeed in Plymouth today. However, whilst that is exciting news in its own right, we might have to calm ourselves down from the excitement of seeing him in the first place earlier on. It has been confirmed on Twitter that Mayor was in the city, but it is also mentioned that he is to hold talks with another club tomorrow (one which is also “miles away” from Bury).

The source on this one is reliable. Ben Collins, the man who tweeted this information, is a BBC Sport reporter and also freelances for Bury FC. However, whilst he is reliable and not a made up “ITK” account, that doesn’t mean he knows 100% of what he was going on. For instance, he hasn’t been given the information regarding the club Mayor will be speaking to tomorrow. In addition, if he did know everything regarding Bury FC, he’d have been able to confirm Ryan Lowe’s move to Argyle far before it actually occurred. In fact, he reported the opposite.

There’s still plenty of reason to be confident regarding this transfer. But a deal is not done.

Rumour rating: ★★★★

Update: Danny Mayor is in Plymouth

 

26/06/19

Rumour: Danny Mayor is in Plymouth to sign a contract tomorrow

Source: Facebook

Verdict: It certainly looks like Danny Mayor, and as far as we can tell the picture is recent and genuine. Furthermore, this does fit with information suggested to Argyle Life that the club are set to announce up to three signings on the first day back for pre-season training.

This also tallies with claims made by Alan Nixon, though he suggested that Argyle were in the hunt for Mayor, rather than leading it.

Nevertheless, the capture of such a player would be a major coup following the departures of Graham Carey and Ruben Lameiras, both because he is a class above League Two and he was arguably the most important player as Bury won promotion to League One under Ryan Lowe last season.

Rumour rating: ★★★★

Rumour: Frank Fielding Interest

25/06/19

Rumour: Plymouth Argyle are interested in bringing goalkeeper Frank Fielding to Home Park

Age: 31

Position: Goalkeeper

Last season: 3 clean sheets in 7 appearances

Source: Daily Mail

Verdict: Fielding is being released from Bristol City following six seasons at the Ashton Gate club. He played fairly regularly, but has recently found himself out of favour, with Niki Maenpaa and Max O’Leary preferred. As such, he was limited to just five league appearances last season. It’s no surprise that his contract was not extended and, at 31, he’ll be looking for a new club to prolong his career.

Could that club be Argyle? Well, the signs are promising. The source itself is a strong one – granted, usually when the Daily Mail is the source of a story, we’d be inclined to say its nonsense. However, there’s no reason to doubt their journalist Joe Bernstein here. The rumour was posted on the Daily Mail’s live blog, which contains rumours about Neymar, Francesco Totti and Frank Lampard. It’s highly doubtful they’d need to make up a rumour about Plymouth Argyle signing a goalkeeper to draw in views.

It would be unwise to say this deal will definitely happen, however. Whilst it makes a lot of sense – Argyle will surely be in the market for a new goalkeeper following Kyle Letheren’s departure – there is no guarantee that Fielding will want to sign for the Greens. Location shouldn’t be too much of an issue, but the update on the Daily Mail’s live blog doesn’t rule out any other clubs being in for the player. As we saw with Jamie Devitt, being in League Two does hamper Argyle slightly when going for players.

Rumour rating: ★★★

Confirmed: Ladapo leaves for Rotherham

25/06/19

Freddie Ladapo has left for Rotherham United in a club record fee for the Millers.

Source: pafc.co.uk

Update: Rotherham in for Ladapo

 

24/06/19

Rumour: Rotherham have had a bid accepted for Plymouth Argyle’s Freddie Ladapo

Age: 26

Position: Striker

This season: 19 goals and 3 assists in 49 appearances

Source: Plymouth Live

Verdict: This fits in with everything we thought about the Ladapo saga so far. Last week, it was reported that two League One clubs had agreed a fee for Ladapo, but Portsmouth had pulled out of the running. It’s been heavily reported that Sunderland were one of those sides. Now we know, provided that Chris Errington is correct of course – we have no reason to doubt him – that Rotherham are the other.

The Plymouth Live article also appears to confirm that Portsmouth are indeed out of the race. Therefore, it appears the player will have the choice of moving to Sunderland, Rotherham, or (as unlikely as it may be) staying at Home Park. Expect some movement on this one soon, though. It looks almost certain that last season’s top scorer will be leaving very soon,

Rumour rating: ★★★★★

Confirmed: Lameiras Leaves

 

24/06/19

Ruben Lameiras has left Plymouth Argyle to sign for Portuguese side FC Famalicão.

Argyle’s player of the year for 2018/19 departs after two seasons at Home Park. His new club finished second in the Portuguese second division last season to win promotion to the top flight.

Source: fcfamalicao.pt

Update: Bury raid

 

23/06/19

Rumour: Ryan Lowe is hoping for movement on Bury trio Jay O’Shea, Nicky Maynard and Danny Mayor this week

Source: Twitter

Verdict: It must be said, the longer we go on without the first signing of the summer, the more pressure is being put on that “feel-good factor” at Home Park. Therefore, the latest Alan Nixon tweet is very welcome. In it, he mentions that Jay O’Shea is on Ryan Lowe’s “shopping list”, and there is an expectation that we will see movement on him, Nicky Maynard and Danny Mayor within the next week or so.

There is no doubt that this news is exciting in its own right. However, we should try to temper our expectations a little. Just because Lowe wants these players, it doesn’t mean they will sign. Just because Nixon expects there to be movement in the next week, it doesn’t mean there will be. After all, last week was expected to be a big week of incomings at Home Park, and we are still waiting for signing number one.

However, the signs on this one are good. We’ll share Lowe’s hope that something is set to happen very soon.

Rumour rating: ★★★★

 

New Contract: Cameron Sangster

 

22/06/19

Cameron Sangster has become the third player today to sign a new contract at Plymouth Argyle.

The 19-year-old had injury troubles last season, but will be hoping to force his way into Ryan Lowe’s plans this time around.

Source: pafc.co.uk

New contract: Ryan Law

 

22/06/19

Ryan Law has become the latest Argyle player to put pen to paper on a new contract at Home Park.

Law describes himself as an attacking full back so, if he does break into the first team, he could make a perfect winger in Ryan Lowe’s 3-1-4-2 system.

Source: pafc.co.uk

Update: No Contact for Stevens

 

22/06/19

Rumour: Plymouth Argyle are not the League Two club in for Peterborough’s Mathew Stevens

Age: 21

Position: Striker

This season: 11 goals in 19 appearances for Slough, 0 goals and 0 assists in 6 appearances for Peterborough

Source: Twitter

Verdict: We’d say this deal was dead, but to suggest that would be to suggest that it was ever on in the first place. Argyle fans speculated yesterday that the Greens may be in for Stevens after Posh joint owner Darragh MacAnthony mentioned that a League Two club wanted him, but first had to sell a striker. With Freddie Ladapo rumoured to be heading for the exit door at Home Park, many supporters put two and two together. We just had to wait for further information.

That information has come from MacAnthony himself, and he’s confirmed that Argyle were not the club he was referring to. Unless he’s deliberately lying, which is unlikely, this source is of course undisputed. We can therefore safely suggest that any potential deal for Stevens is almost certainly off.

MacAnthony delivered more information in his tweet confirming the previous news. He mentioned that Argyle got in touch regarding Posh winger George Cooper. The 22-year-old made 29 appearances last term, though most came from the bench. However, MacAnthony stated that Cooper would not be leaving on loan and, with Argyle unlikely to buy the player outright, we’d suggest this is another non-starter.

Rumour rating: ★★★★★

New contract: Michael Peck

 

 

22/06/19

Michael Peck has signed his first professional contract with Plymouth Argyle.

The player made his debut against Newport County in the Checkatrade Trophy last season, and has stated he is hoping for more first team involvement under Ryan Lowe.

Source: pafc.co.uk

 

Rumour: Potential link with Mathew Stevens

 

 

21/06/19

Rumour: Mathew Stevens is “badly” wanted by a League Two club who are in the process of selling their striker

Age: 21

Position: Striker

This season: 11 goals in 19 appearances for Slough, 0 goals and 0 assists in 6 appearances for Peterborough

Source: Twitter

Verdict: The source of this rumour is undisputed. Unless he’s winding people up, Darragh MacAnthony, the joint owner and chairman of Peterborough, has claimed that “plenty” of National League sides and two League Two sides are chasing their young striker Mathew Stevens.

Notably, he adds that one of these League Two teams: “badly want him trying to raise the dough when they sell their striker”. Based on this description, there is a strong chance that MacAnthony is describing Plymouth Argyle, though it should be noted that it could be nothing to do with the club. Nevertheless, you should still expect plenty of “ITK” accounts to jump on this in the next few days…

Despite being linked with Championship interest last January, Peterborough have transfer-listed Stevens having failed to make any form of breakthrough into their team since signing three seasons back. His only successful loan spells have come well below the level of professional football, in the National League South with Slough and Southern Premier with Kettering Town.

Stevens is known to be a good finisher, and could fit Lowe’s system in that regard, however why would Argyle pay for someone who is yet to achieve anything notable in the fifth tier or above? Surely there are better free agent options? Perhaps he is a diamond in the rough, brilliantly scouted and set to emerge as a top player for whomever he signs for. Or maybe, the club that is selling their striker is not Argyle. The latter is more likely, but, until we get any more information, we simply won’t know.

Rumour rating: ★★★

Confirmed: Letheren Departs

 

21/06/19

Kyle Letheren confirmed on social media today that her will leave Plymouth Argyle this summer.

The goalkeeper commented that the decision had been “taken out of my own hands”, indicating that he may have had the offer of a contract withdrawn by the club. He thanked the fans at Argyle in his announcement.

Source: Twitter

New contract: Joel Grant

 

 

20/06/19

Joel Grant has signed a new contract with Plymouth Argyle. The length of the contract has not been disclosed.

Source: pafc.co.uk

 

Update: Devitt signs for Blackpool

 

 

20/06/19

Age: 28

Position: Central midfielder, attacking midfielder, winger

This season: 12 goals and 8 assists in 38 appearances

Blackpool have confirmed the signing of Jamie Devitt. The attacking midfielder was previously linked with Argyle but, if true, the club have missed their man.

New contract: Alex Fletcher

19/06/19

Alex Fletcher has signed a new contract with Plymouth Argyle.

This will be his third season as a professional, having initially signed a pro-contract in 2017. He will join Tom Purrington and Adam Randell in the reserve squad.

Source: pafc.co.uk

Update: Offers accepted for Ladapo

15/06/19

Rumour: Two League One clubs have had £400,000 bids accepted for Plymouth Argyle’s Freddie Ladapo

Age: 26

Position: Striker

This season: 19 goals and 3 assists in 49 appearances

Source: Chronicle Live

Verdict: This one appears to be moving at pace. Only yesterday we heard a rumour that Sunderland and Portsmouth were close to agreeing fees with Argyle for the player, and now it appears that fee has been agreed. However, it is suggested that a fee has been agreed with two clubs, and Sunderland are not one of them. Thus, we can infer that another club has entered the race for the striker.

It appears Argyle have opted to take the route of cashing in on Ladapo. Whether that will be a positive move remains to be seen. However, the club finds itself in a strong position with three clubs believed to be battling to sign the player. It will be up to Ladapo himself to decide his next move.

Rumour rating: ★★★★★

Rumour: Argyle set for Robbie Simpson

19/06/19

Rumour: Robbie Simpson is set to join Plymouth Argyle

Age: 34

Position: Striker

This season: 2 goals and 0 assists in 24 appearances

Source: Twitter

Verdict: Let’s keep this brief. “In the know” account created 24 hours ago. 33 tweets in that time. That’s an awful lot of information they’ve been sitting on… They’ve also brought us such insightful updates as repeating what Peterborough’s own chairman tweeted at length only to present it as insider info. For the account, it’s a no from us.

For the sake of argument, it’s hard to see Simpson joining as anything but a squad player. Now well past his prime, he has only started 21 league matches in his past three League Two seasons. He’s edging closer toward retirement and the only reason he’s been involved with two play-off final defeats and one promotion during that time is the Paul Tisdale valued his presence in the squad, having taken him to Exeter and then MK Dons. Argyle could, and should, do much better.

Rumour rating: ★

Update: Portsmouth pull out of Ladapo race

18/06/19

Rumour: Portsmouth have scrapped their interest in Plymouth Argyle striker Freddie Ladapo

Age: 26

Position: Striker

This season: 19 goals and 3 assists in 49 appearances

Source: portsmouth.co.uk

Verdict: It was widely reported that Portsmouth had an offer in the region of £400,000 accepted for Ladapo last week. That adds up with this rumour. Ladapo has reportedly held talks with the Fratton Park club, but it appears a deal has not been struck. According to the article, Ladapo’s wage demands were the main stumbling block to a deal being struck.

Provided this is of course all true – there’s every reason to believe it is – what does this mean? It would be surprising if this meant he was staying at Argyle. Indeed, Portsmouth are likely to have made an offer which far exceeds the wage Ladapo picks up at Home Park. The most likely explanation is that Ladapo is still set to leave, but another club have been able to offer him a better financial package.

Rumour rating: ★★★★

New Contract: Adam Randell

18/06/19

Adam Randell has signed his first professional contract with Plymouth Argyle.

The player made his debut as an apprentice in Argyle’s 2-0 Checkatrade Trophy defeat to Newport County. He’ll now be hoping to rack up more appearances as a professional.

Source: pafc.co.uk

Update: Blackpool "win race" for Devitt

17/06/19

Rumour: Blackpool have won the race to sign Jamie Devitt from Plymouth Argyle

Age: 28

Position: Central midfielder, attacking midfielder, winger

This season: 12 goals and 8 assists in 38 appearances

Source: Twitter

Verdict: It might well be time to put this rumour to bed. Alan Nixon was the man who initially broke the rumour, but as we’ve said from the start, Blackpool was always going to be the player’s most likely destination. Now, Nixon appears to have confirmed that news, and Argyle may well have to move on to other targets.

This does come as unfortunate news, Devitt would have been an excellent addition to Argyle’s team, particularly with the departure of Graham Carey confirmed last week. However, the fact Argyle have even been linked with this sort of player is promising. Hopefully it bodes well going forward this summer.

Rumour rating: ★★★★

Rumour: Ruben Lameiras considering shock extension

17/06/19

Rumour: Ruben Lameiras is set for a shock extension at Argyle after rejecting Charlton

Age: 24

Position: Attacking midfielder/Winger

This season: 12 goals and 9 assists in 45 appearances

Source: Plymouth Herald

Verdict: Ignore. This is actually comical. An obviously faked tweet (which the original perpetrator admitted was fake right underneath the original message!) has been picked up by the Herald, who are running with it (assuming they haven’t deleted it from the article yet).

There really is nothing to see here. It’s an admittedly faked tweet that the Herald are presenting as legitimate. Dear oh dear…

Rumour rating: ★

Rumour: Argyle intensify Maynard interest

16/06/19

Rumour: Ryan Lowe would like to strike a deal for Argyle to sign Nicky Maynard

Age: 32

Position: Striker

This season: 21 goals and 8 assists in 41 appearances

Source: Twitter

Verdict: This one comes as no surprise, but is encouraging news nonetheless. Indeed, Maynard has been linked with Argyle ever since Ryan Lowe was announced as the club’s new manager, and that interest does not seem to have died down. In fact, he featured on our list of available free agent strikers published just today.

Alan Nixon’s tweet today confirms what a lot of us were already thinking. However, he didn’t just mention that a Maynard deal may be in the offing. He went on to state that Argyle are “going to be busy”, suggesting that many deals are in the offing this summer. With players such as Ruben Lameiras and Freddie Ladapo linked with moves away, and Graham Carey already departed, it appears Lowe has been given a license to put his own stamp on the Argyle squad ahead of pre-season.

Rumour rating: ★★★★

Update: Blackpool lead race for Devitt

16/06/19

Rumour: Blackpool are the club most likely to sign versatile ex-Carlisle player Jamie Devitt

Age: 28

Position: Central midfielder, attacking midfielder, winger

This season: 12 goals and 8 assists in 38 appearances

Source: Twitter

Verdict: This has come from Alan Nixon. When he tweets a rumour, we tend to take it seriously. This is no different. In all honesty, this doesn’t come as surprising news. Indeed, when news broke of Argyle’s potential interest in the player, we mentioned that Blackpool were likely to be the favourites to secure his signature. This news seems to confirm that.

There is, however, a crumb of comfort for Argyle. Nixon mentioned in is tweet that the Greens, along with Swindon, were still hopeful of securing Devitt’s signature. We’re more than aware of Lowe’s admiration for the player, and there’s still a chance that could convince him to move to Home Park.

Either way, this is still one to watch, albeit more in hope than expectation.

Rumour rating: ★★★★

Update: Devitt Interest

15/06/19

Rumour: Jamie Devitt has responded to rumours linking him with a move to Plymouth Argyle

Age: 28

Position: Central midfielder, attacking midfielder, winger

This season: 12 goals and 8 assists in 38 appearances

Source: Twitter

Verdict: There’s a lot for us to analyse here. First, we should note that it is entirely possible that this is a fake screenshot. It was posted on Twitter by “argylenews”, but the person behind the account has made it clear that the message was not sent by them. Rather, a screenshot was sent in by a follower. We know that argylenews isn’t the sort to critique sources, so we can’t say for sure that this is a genuine exchange with Devitt.

Nonetheless, it may of course be real. Even if that is the case, however, this can’t be considered a step forward in Argyle’s pursuit of the player. The fact Devitt is engaging with Argyle fans seems a positive in its own right, but he’s not confirmed that a transfer is imminent. Indeed, he’s hardly likely to respond and explicitly say he’s not moving to Argyle.

Devitt would be a superb addition. This latest development could be a great sign. Or, it could be nothing. Let’s wait and see.

Rumour rating: ★★★

Rumour: Argyle look to re-sign Matt

14/06/19

Rumour: Plymouth Argyle manager Ryan Lowe is looking to sign former Greens loanee Jamille Matt

Age: 29

Position: Striker

This season: 20 goals and 8 assists in 57 appearances

Source: Twitter

Verdict: This would be a shocking one to see go through. Matt remains in contract at Newport County and, despite the suspected impending sale of Freddie Ladapo, it would be a surprise to see Argyle splash a big transfer fee on a single player. Even if that were to happen, would the money really be spent on Matt? Granted, he has scored 20 goals this season, but he is a very different player to the counter-pressing striker we’d expect Lowe to be chasing.

Where this rumour really falls apart, however, is the source. It has been posted by Twitter account “League Two Transfer Rumours”, an account with just 19 followers that started tweeting yesterday. There is no basis to the rumour, no suggestion that the people behind the account know anything, and therefore no reason to believe what they say.

We’d never totally rule out a transfer from happening. But be very surprised if Matt signs for Argyle this summer.

Rumour rating: ★

Rumour: Portsmouth and Sunderland chase Ladapo

14/06/19

Rumour: Portsmouth and Sunderland are “close to agreeing a fee” for Plymouth Argyle’s Freddie Ladapo

Age: 26

Position: Striker

This season: 19 goals and 3 assists in 49 appearances

Source: Plymouth Live

Verdict: It looks like Argyle may be about to say goodbye to their top scorer of last season. Plymouth Live understands that both Portsmouth and Sunderland are in for the striker, with the fee believed to be around the £500,000 mark.

The move makes complete sense. We know both clubs were interested in the player in January, with Sunderland having a £400,000 bid rejected on transfer deadline day. Both sides failed to win promotion to the Championship via the play-offs, and that appears to have seen them rekindle their interest in a striker who has proved he can score goals at League One level.

As for Argyle, they were happy to reject the bid out of hand in January. However, with relegation to League Two, a new manager in place and the player only having a year left on his deal, cashing in makes sense. Ryan Lowe will doubtless appreciate the extra funds, even if Ladapo would have slotted nicely into his system.

Rumour rating: ★★★★★

Update: Argyle issue Lameiras statement

 

 

13/06/19

Plymouth Argyle have today released a statement regarding the Ruben Lameiras situation.

An Argyle spokesman was quoted as saying “the club has nothing further to add at the moment to Ryan’s comment on Tuesday that he would like a decision from Ruben Lameiras on his future by Thursday morning.”

“Thursday morning” has of course passed, so presumably we are to assume from this that Lameiras will not be signing a new deal. However, nothing has been confirmed as of yet.

Source: Plymouth Live

Update: Lameiras Interest

13/06/19

Rumour: Ruben Lameiras has turned down a move to CSKA Sofia

Age: 24

Position: Attacking midfielder/Winger

This season: 12 goals and 9 assists in 45 appearances

Source: Twitter

Verdict: This transfer window has already warned us not to be surprised by anything. So, whilst a link between CSKA Sofia and Ruben Lameiras would have seemed unfathomable a few months ago, we have to assume it is genuine now. After all, Pete O’Rourke made this claim, and given his form for posting rumours, it would be very surprising if something this specific wasn’t based on reliable information.

We know CSKA Sofia scouts have been watching Argyle across the season. After all, they had enough about them to recognise Graham Carey’s influence. It wouldn’t be surprising if they had spotted the talents of Lameiras during these scouting sessions. It has of course been reported that Lameiras has rejected the move, but that’s not to say interest will not be rekindled.

Why might Lameiras have rejected the move for now? It may be that he is holding out for a better offer. Or perhaps he has a move to another club lined up. Either way, it doesn’t necessarily mean he’ll be staying at Argyle. Not by a long shot.

Rumour rating: ★★★★

Confirmed: Fox to Leave

13/06/19

David Fox confirmed on social media today that her will leave Plymouth Argyle this summer.

The central midfielder stated it was a difficult decision, but mentioned that the strain placed on his family by living so far away was a contributing factor. He thanked the staff, players and fans at Argyle in his announcement.

Source: Twitter

New contract: Tom Purrington

12/06/19

Tom Purrington has signed his first professional contract at Plymouth Argyle.

The 18-year-old brother of ex-Argyle left back Ben Purrington has stated he hopes to have a breakthrough year under Ryan Lowe.

Source: pafc.co.uk

Update: Lowe discusses Devitt

12/06/19

Rumour: Plymouth Argyle manager Ryan Lowe “would like” Jamie Devitt to join him at Home Park

Age: 28

Position: Central midfielder, attacking midfielder, winger

This season: 12 goals and 8 assists in 38 appearances

Source: Twitter

Verdict: As sources go, direct quotes from the manager himself are very much top of the pile. Chief Argyle reporter Chris Errington mentions that Lowe “bumped into” Devitt in Manchester. The new Argyle manager was quoted as saying on Devitt “Is he a good player? An unbelievably good player. Would I like to have him at Home Park? Yes I would.”

This clearly steps the rumour up a notch. We were pretty sure Argyle were at least interested in the player from Alan Nixon’s tweet yesterday. There can be no doubt any more. Argyle may not sign Devitt. Indeed, other clubs may be in a better position to sign the player. However, it is clear that Argyle’s interest here is very genuine.

Rumour rating: ★★★★★

Confirmed: Carey departs

11/06/19

Graham Carey has left Plymouth Argyle and signed for Bulgarian side CSKA Sofia.

The Irishman spent four years at Home Park. but has opted to take on a new challenge following relegation from League One.

Source: Twitter

Update: Argyle interested in Mayor

10/06/19

Rumour: Plymouth Argyle are one of a few clubs interested in Danny Mayor

Age: 28

Position: Centre midfield

This season: 12 goals and 12 assists in 44 appearances

Source: Twitter

Verdict: Alan Nixon has delivered an update on Argyle’s pursuit of Danny Mayor. Nixon did of course link Mayor to Argyle yesterday following Ryan Lowe’s appointment.

When prompted, Nixon said that Lowe liked Mayor. Of course, that goes without saying. However, he did mention that other clubs in the north west were looking at the player. This could prove to be a problem for Argyle. We can speculate that Mayor may prefer to not have to relocate, and if some of those clubs are in League One, that could be very tempting for the player.

Bittersweet news, then. Argyle’s interest has been confirmed, but it appears they are not the only candidates for Mayor’s signature.

Rumour rating: ★★★★

Rumour: Argyle join hunt for Devitt

10/06/19

Rumour: Plymouth Argyle are interested in signing Jamie Devitt, alongside Swindon and Blackpool

Age: 28

Position: Central midfielder, attacking midfielder, winger

This season: 12 goals and 8 assists in 38 appearances

Source: Twitter

Verdict: Another Alan Nixon rumour, so one we are duty bound to take seriously. It was confirmed today that Devitt had rejected a contract extension at Carlisle, so the race to secure his signature is on. Argyle, according to Nixon, are one of the clubs interested in doing just that.

Devitt would be a shrewd addition. He achieved a league-high 17 assists with Morecambe in 2015-16, and has passed the 10-goal mark in his last two seasons with Carlisle. His versatility would mean he’d be an excellent option for Ryan Lowe to consider in the attacking positions.

A deal is by no means certain. Location may be an issue – Devitt has racked up his appearances in the north at clubs such as Carlisle, Morecambe and Grimsby. Considering league and location, one would have to assume Blackpool are the favourites to sign the player. But we can safely assume Argyle’s interest is genuine.

Rumour rating: ★★★★

Rumour: Mayor to join Argyle

09/06/19

Rumour: Danny Mayor is the “most likely” Bury player to join Ryan Lowe at Plymouth Argyle

Age: 28

Position: Centre midfield

This season: 12 goals and 12 assists in 44 appearances

Source: Twitter

Verdict: This is definitely worth getting excited over. Alan Nixon is the source in question, and Danny Mayor would be a superb addition. We already know from Bury’s success last season that he knows Lowe’s system, and whenever he has played in League Two, he has shone. The EFL end of season awards have reflected this.

There is even more to get excited about in Nixon’s tweet too. He suggests that Lowe could take advantage of his contact in the game, Liverpool’s Jurgen Klopp, to sign some players on loan. Who that could involve remains to be seen, but there can be no doubt that some Liverpool academy players could slot in perfectly to Argyle’s starting XI.

We should perhaps be a little bit cautious. Nixon stating that Mayor is the “most likely” Bury player to join doesn’t mean he definitely will. Nixon stating that Klopp will help Lowe out with loans “if he can” doesn’t mean it’ll be possible. That being said, this is one of the most exciting rumours we’ve heard so far.

Rumour rating: ★★★★

Rumour: Argyle show Guthrie interest

08/06/19

Rumour: Plymouth Argyle are looking to sign Stevenage striker Kurtis Guthrie

Age: 26

Position: Striker

This season: 14 goals and 5 assists in 38 appearances

Source: Twitter

Verdict: There is absolutely nothing to see here. Whilst a player like Guthrie could be a good striker to line up alongside Freddie Ladapo in Ryan Lowe’s 3-1-4-2, the source was a random Twitter account claiming to be a Stevenage supporter. The account had, at the time of posting, a single follower. Just one. Hardly the hallmark of somebody with any sort of interesting inside information. In fact, the account itself appears to have since been deleted.

The rumour came to prominence when Twitter account Argyle News shared it. Far from being a reliable source of “Argyle News”, the account spreads rumours they see elsewhere to gain attention without critiquing them in any way. This time, they stated that “Stevenage fans” had linked Guthrie to Argyle, when it was in fact a single Twitter account with a single follower. A prominent Stevenage fan group has in fact done the opposite of what Argyle News claimed – publicly dismissing the rumour.

Guthrie would be a good addition, but let’s not get excited for now over this totally unfounded rumour. It gives them what they want.

Rumour rating: ★

Rumour: Carey has CSKA Sofia medical

07/06/19

Rumour: Graham Carey has had a medical today at CSKA Sofia ahead of a potential free transfer

Age: 30

Position: Attacking midfielder, winger

This season: 6 goals and 13 assists in 49 appearances

Source: Twitter

Verdict: Don’t worry about this one. The rumour comes from Twitter from somebody claiming to be a sports journalist for the Daily Mirror. They are not. The account started tweeting just two days ago, is unverified, and has no credibility. It’s believed that Mirror journalists themselves actively do not recognise this account as somebody who works for them.

Alan Nixon tweeted yesterday that there was interest from CSKA Sofia. We can believe him. However, the account that tweeted today is not to be trusted. Carey may yet move to Bulgaria, but even Nixon is unsure whether the player actually had a medical. It certainly didn’t happen today.

This account is just riding on Nixon’s coattails. If Carey moves, they can claim they had inside information. They don’t. Ignore.

Rumour rating: ★

Confirmed: Songo'o Departs

07/06/19

Yann Songo’o has confirmed that he is leaving Plymouth Argyle today.

The player thanked the Green Army for their support across the last three years on social media. He is now heading for pastures new.

Source: Twitter

Rumour: CSKA Sofia show interest in Carey

06/06/19

Rumour: 31-time Bulgarian champions CSKA Sofia are interested in signing Graham Carey

Age: 30

Position: Attacking midfielder, winger

This season: 6 goals and 13 assists in 49 appearances

Source: Twitter

Verdict: This would be an odd one to say the least, though we’d certainly be wise not to rule it out. The tweet in question was posted by Alan Nixon, clearly in the know and recently vindicated in the eyes of Argyle supporters following the appointment of Ryan Lowe. We can’t claim we’re experts on CSKA Sofia, so we can’t say whether or not he’s the sort of player they’d be after. However, with Nixon mentioning it, we have to assume the interest is genuine.

Nixon doubled down on his remarks with a further tweet later on. He stated that Carey had been over to Bulgaria this week. That could mean a number of things. Maybe he was there to sign a contract. Or could it just be for talks? Was he simply enjoying the sun before pre season?

It’s hard to say for sure that this transfer will go ahead. But watch this space – there’s certainly something in it.

Rumour rating: ★★★★

Rumour: Argyle to raid Bury

06/06/19

Rumour: Plymouth Argyle could sign up to three players from Bury following Ryan Lowe’s appointment

Source: Plymouth Live

Verdict: A direct quote from an article published today reads as follows: “Plymouth Live understands there is a possibility up to three players from the financially-stricken Shakers could come to Home Park.”

This sounds promising in itself. However, we must be careful for two reasons. First of all, whilst Plymouth Live’s own sources appear to be reliable, we cannot be sure this rumour has come from the same source that has been right in the past. Secondly, this article has been used for Plymouth Live to suggest players who may be available. There is no suggestion that Argyle are after those players, and one suspects if Plymouth Live knew who Argyle were looking to sign, they’d have reported it as such.

Nonetheless, moves of this nature make sense. We’ll certainly keep an eye on them.

Rumour rating: ★★★

Rumour: Blackpool interested in Songo'o

03/06/19

Rumour: Blackpool are showing an interest in signing defender Yann Songo’o from Plymouth Argyle

Age: 27

Position: Centre back

This season: 1 goal and 1 assist in 47 appearances

Source: Twitter

Verdict: Could it be that Blackpool are interested in Songo’o? Potentially. If nothing else this season, Songo’o has shown that he can be a League One quality player when used correctly. Blackpool are unlikely to be a team that uses him as part of a malfunctioning midfield two, so if they are looking for somebody who can do a job at centre back when required, Songo’o may be their man.

Songo’o has split, and indeed polarised, supporter opinions at Home Park this season. Fortunately/unfortunately, depending on your position, it doesn’t appear there is anything to this rumour. This is another one posted on Twitter by EFL Hub, an account we have shown has consistently posted false information over recent weeks. We can therefore ignore the rumour, at least for now.

Songo’o is indeed out of contract, so may yet leave this summer. However, we’d advise Blackpool fans to refrain from getting his name on the backs of their shirts until some more reliable information surfaces.

Rumour rating: ★

Rumour: Charlton show Lameiras interest

03/06/19

Rumour: Charlton are interested in signing Plymouth Argyle’s Ruben Lameiras

Age: 24

Position: Attacking midfielder/Winger

This season: 12 goals and 9 assists in 45 appearances

Source: Plymouth Live

Verdict: This is an interesting one. We all expect Lameiras to depart Home Park this summer, but his destination has been a mystery for a while. Bordeaux were rumoured to be interested, as were Swansea. Now, it appears Charlton have entered the race to sign the Portuguese playmaker.

This rumour appears to be of the rare ones that has been reported exclusively by Plymouth Live. Usually, articles from their journalists are summaries of what has been reported elsewhere. However, we cannot find another source for this rumour, so we have to assume Plymouth Live are using their own sources. Are they reliable? Perhaps. Certainly a lot more so than the random Twitter accounts they have run articles regarding in recent weeks.

We should add that the wording here is key. Plymouth Live are reporting interest, not a deal. Considering the player in question, it would be a shock if teams like Charlton weren’t interested at the very least. Whether that means he will sign is another matter entirely.

Rumour rating: ★★★

Rumour: Argyle interested in goalkeeper Bunn

03/06/19

Rumour: Plymouth Argyle are in the hunt to sign Aston Villa goalkeeper Mark Bunn

Age: 34

Position: Goalkeeper

This season: 1 appearance

Source: Twitter

Verdict: It wouldn’t necessarily be a surprise if Argyle were at the very least interested in Bunn. He’s a player out of contract in a position where the Greens may be looking for a permanent option following loanee Matt Macey’s spell in the team last season. He may be out of match practice – his one appearance for Aston Villa last season came in a 3-3 draw with Preston. However, he certainly would appear to have the experience necessary to do a job for Argyle. Certainly, one would expect him to communicate well and have the respect of League Two defenders.

However, things don’t seem to add up here. Primarily, the source appears to be incredibly unreliable. “Acura Sports News” appears to have mastered the classic mechanism for making up rumours on Twitter: link a random player to a series of random clubs, post a picture of the player, and tag all of those clubs in them. They are therefore almost certainly talking nonsense.

The account’s pinned tweet is an example of a rare occasion where the account has posted something and it has gone on to happen. Any account that has to show off like this to “prove” they are reliable is not reliable at all. Accounts gain credibility through consistently posting correct information, not boasting about a time they got lucky.

Even if the account did have any sort of knowledge, the tweet links the player to both Sunderland and Charlton as well as Argyle. All things considered, it would be a monumental surprise if Bunn signed for the Greens this summer.

Rumour rating: ★

Update: Burton want Carey

02/06/19

Rumour: Burton are in the race to sign Graham Carey

Age: 30

Position: Attacking midfielder, winger

This season: 6 goals and 13 assists in 49 appearances

Source: Twitter

Verdict: Panic stations people. Whereas the previous rumour linking Carey with Burton could not be said to be reliable – the same account was recently ridiculed for linking Hiram Boateng with a transfer after he had already signed for MK Dons – this is from Alan Nixon. Now he is as reliable as sources come.

Argyle were always likely to lose to at least one of their out of contract stars Carey and Ruben Lameiras this summer, but to see both depart would be a huge blow.

Yet, there are a few crumbs of comfort. For one, we all knew that clubs would be interested in both Carey and Lameiras. In that sense, this rumour confirms what we already knew. It is of no surprise that many clubs will be interested in signing a player like Carey on a free transfer. This rumour confirms only that Burton are interested in signing him, not that they are in pole position to sign him.

Rumour rating: ★★★★

New Contract: Sawyer signs on

01/06/19

CONFIRMED: Gary Sawyer has extended his contract with Plymouth Argyle

Source: pafc.co.uk

The length of the contract has not been disclosed.

Rumour: Stokes to join from Bury

31/05/19

Rumour: Ryan Lowe will sign Chris Stokes from Bury if he joins Plymouth Argyle as manager

Age: 28

Position: Left-back, centre-back

This season: 4 goals and 1 assist in 43 appearances

Source: Twitter

Verdict: There are many reasons as to why this rumour could make sense. The player clearly knows the potential manager, and he can fit into his system as either one of the back three or on the left side of the midfield four. Furthermore, unlike some of the other players from Bury Argyle have been linked with, location may well be less of an issue for Stokes. He did, after all, spend a large portion of his career at Forest Green.

Paradoxically, however, the fact the rumour makes sense makes it less believable. Why? Because it’s so easy for Twitter accounts with no idea to claim it’ll happen and seem intelligent. That’s exactly what has happened here, and once more EFL Hub is the culprit. As we’ve discussed, this is an account that likes to make up rumours for social media attention, and there can therefore be no doubt that the same has occurred here.

Eventually, one of the many transfers EFL Hub says will go through will eventually happen. This may be one of them. But let’s not claim they have any inside knowledge, nor that their tweet today makes a transfer any more likely.

Rumour rating: ★

Rumour: Ladapo linked to Brentford

31/05/19

Rumour: Brentford are looking to bring in Plymouth Argyle’s Freddie Ladapo to replace Neal Maupay

Age: 26

Position: Striker

This season: 19 goals and 3 assists in 49 appearances

Source: Twitter

Verdict: This is another rumour from the EFL Hub on Twitter. As we’ve discussed, this is the work of somebody desperate for some attention on social media across the summer. Therefore, this is one we can safely ignore once more.

We’d have to question why Brentford would even be after Ladapo. Neal Maupay may leave – Aston Villa are rumoured to be interested. However, the French striker scored 28 goals in all competitions last season. Unless Brentford are looking for a cheaper option, it would be very surprising if they opted to replace that firepower with a player who scored fewer goals at a lower level.

Rumour rating: ★

Rumour: Argyle interested in Bennett

31/05/19

Rumour: Plymouth Argyle are interested in the signing of Bristol Rovers attacking midfielder Kyle Bennett

Age: 28

Position: Attacking midfielder, Winger

This season: 5 goals and 4 assists in 41 appearances

Source: Twitter

Verdict: Ignore. For now at least. Assuming Ryan Lowe becomes the new Plymouth Argyle manager, Bennett makes sense as a potential signing given that he fits in his formation. Yet, as has been repeated numerous times this month, this is not an account to be trusted. They’re essentially just the latest in a long line of “in the know” Twitter accounts seeking a bit of attention while they’re bored over the summer.

Additionally, Bennett is still under contract at Bristol Rovers, so Argyle could have to pay a fee. Adding in the fact that his wages are so great that Swindon possibly can’t afford to sign him, then this transfer makes less sense from a financial perspective the more you pick at it.

The only way this player would end up at Argyle is if he cut his wage demands and Rovers let him go for free. Even then, he would be a significant downgrade on Carey and Lameiras, assuming the duo depart.

Rumour rating: ★

Rumour: Burton set to sign Carey

30/05/19

Rumour: Burton Albion are set to sign Plymouth Argyle’s Graham Carey on a two-year deal

Age: 30

Position: Attacking midfielder, Winger

This season: 6 goals and 13 assists in 49 appearances

Source: Twitter

Verdict: There is nothing to see here at all. The source, “TransferCentre9” on Twitter, clearly builds a following by making up rumours and posting them. Over 3,700 tweets have led to a following of over 5,500, but that isn’t a signal of reliability. Quite the opposite, in fact. The amount of rumours the account has had to make to gain this following suggests that none of them contained a great deal of reliable information.

This account, we can deduct, is the work of somebody who occasionally gets bored on social media and craves attention. The fact that there can be a lack of tweets for days, even months on end, before a sudden upturn demonstrates this. On 21st May, having not tweeted since January, the account stated: “Today we are pleased to announce we have taken on three more agents here at DQ and we now have clients across 85% of the EFL and National League.” That roughly translates to “the transfer window is open and I want attention, so I’ll start posting again.”

Therefore, when the account claims to have inside knowledge on the workings of transfers between League One and League Two, we’re certainly not inclined to believe them.

Rumour rating: ★

Rumour: Joel Grant to Colchester

30/05/19

Rumour: Plymouth Argyle winger Joel Grant is being chased on a free transfer by Colchester

Age: 31

Position: Winger

This season: 4 goals and 1 assist in 21 appearances

Source: Twitter

Verdict: Usually we look at these sorts of rumours regarding out of contract players moving to a team in the same league and assume there must be other factors at play. Money? Maybe. Location? We hear it so often. None of those things seem to apply here. Colchester are unlikely to have the sort of backing to offer Grant a contract substantially more lucrative than his offer from Argyle, and if location is a factor, it favours Argyle more than the Essex-based side. Grant has been playing his football in the south west since 2013.

The rumour also falls apart when we look at the source. The only transfers EFL Hub on Twitter seem to have any knowledge on are ones that have already taken place. With the rest, the account seems to take a scattergun approach with the hope that they’ll be right every so often. The suggestion that they have any sort of insider knowledge is a fallacy.

In fact, this rumour is only gaining traction because Plymouth Live wrote an article based around the tweet. However, Stuart James, the writer of that article, doesn’t appear to have even questioned the source. There are no additional quotes from Plymouth Live, and the entire piece seems to assume that the person behind EFL Hub knows what they are talking about. They don’t.

Be very surprised if Grant ends up at Colchester this summer, because we can see no basis to this rumour.

Rumour rating: ★

Rumour: Swansea chase Lameiras

28/05/19

Rumour: Swansea are in talks with Plymouth Argyle’s Ruben Lameiras ahead of a potential transfer

Age: 24

Position: Attacking midfielder/winger

This season: 12 goals and 8 assists in 44 appearances

Source: Twitter

Verdict: Lameiras was always likely to be a target for sides higher up the food chain than Argyle this summer, and the rumours surrounding his potential destination are beginning to hot up. Swansea are the latest club to be linked, and whilst that does seem quite a large step up, we shouldn’t rule it out, particularly with the knowledge that Bordeaux are also chasing his signature.

The rumour has been posted on twitter by the Football League Zone, and whilst there doesn’t seem to be any other source backing up the story (Plymouth Live only reported the rumour after the Football League Zone had posted it), there is no reason to discredit the source here. This Twitter account tends to post legitimate rumours that have been posted by reputable sources elsewhere. Thus, if the account says this has come in from one of their sources, we’re inclined to believe them.

In fact, we can pinpoint one of those sources: the rumour was also posted on Twitter by Pete O’Rourke of HITC, before being picked up on and spread widely by the Football League Zone. We’ve discussed O’Rourke before, and the general consensus is that he has a lot of contacts, but is prone to the odd clickbait article. However, that doesn’t seem to be the case here. O’Rourke named Swansea directly, rather than a list of clubs who may be showing an interest. Therefore, there is every chance this is a genuine report.

Will the transfer happen? It’s certainly possible. Watch this space.

Rumour rating: ★★★

Rumour: Argyle linked with Donohue

21/05/19

Rumour: Ex-Pompey full-back Dion Donohue “might turn up at Argyle”.

Age: 25

Position: Left-back

This season: 1 goal and 1 assist in 13 appearances

Source: Twitter

Verdict: This seems unlikely for a variety of reasons. Right from the off, this source is not reliable. His “rumours” tend to break down into three categories: first, vague statements that are non-specific. Like this current one, which suggests he “might turn up at Plymouth”, without explicitly claiming that the club are interested in him. Of course League One and League Two clubs are interested in a recently released League One squad player – that goes without saying!

Second, you have piggy-back rumours. This is where a reliable source reveals some information, and the user repeats the rumour with some additional detail, many of which are vague deductions. These appear to be used to add credibility to his account. Finally, there are blind stabs in the dark, many of which do not come off.

Then there is the rumour itself. Argyle are without a manager, with one left-back already at the club in Ashley Smith-Brown and another offered a contract – Gary Sawyer – who is very likely to be interested in remaining at the cub. Why would a managerless club in these circumstances be expressing interested in a middle aged left-back who can do a job in central-midfield? Not much about this rumour really makes sense.

In many circumstances, this rumour would make sense as a potential target. But, currently, there surely cannot be much in this.

Rumour rating: ★

Rumour: Argyle chase Lynch

14/05/19

Rumour: Plymouth Argyle are one of a number of clubs interested in AFC Fylde goalkeeper Jay Lynch

Age: 26

Position: Goalkeeper

This season: 20 clean sheets in 48 appearances

Source: HITC

Verdict: As we’ve mentioned before, Pete O’Rourke and HITC like writing these sorts of articles. In stating that a number of clubs are interested in a player’s services, they receive engagement from fans of each of those clubs. Indeed, the only reason this is being written today is that Argyle have been listed as one of several clubs interested in Lynch’s services. Barnsley, Peterborough, Bury and Bristol Rovers were also listed as interested parties, though the link to Barnsley has already been ruled out on Twitter by BBC Sheffield’s sports editor.

That being said, this is the sort of rumour that does make sense. Whilst Lynch has only made two EFL appearances in his career, as an emergency backup goalkeeper for Accrington in 2014-15, his stock is rising. He is also only 26, making him reasonably young for a goalkeeper. After moving to Salford, he then found himself at AFC Fylde, where he has played all but one of the team’s league games this season as they made the play-off final. Lynch kept a clean sheet against Solihull in the semi-final to take his team to Wembley. As a result of his efforts, he was named as the goalkeeper in the National League’s team of the year.

It seems clear that Lynch is ready to step up to the EFL again. Indeed, he was only one game away from achieving this promotion himself before Fylde’s play-off final defeat. A move to Argyle would seem like a natural step, and we can assume that the club’s interest at the very least is genuine. However, with higher ranked clubs seemingly sniffing around, an eventual transfer is far from certain.

Rumour rating: ★★★★

Edwards Confirms Departure

10/05/19

Ryan Edwards has confirmed today on social media that he will be leaving Plymouth Argyle this summer. Following speculation that League One clubs were taking an interest in the player, it appears the centre back has opted to take a step forward in his career.

Edwards thanked the Green Army on Twitter, stating that “hopefully we cross paths sometime in the future.”

Source: Twitter

Rumour: Edwards in demand

09/05/19

Rumour: A host of clubs in England and Scotland are interested in signing Plymouth Argyle’s Ryan Edwards

Age: 25

Position: Centre back

This season: 5 goals and 1 assist in 38 appearances

Source: HITC

Verdict: This adds up. Edwards may have made more than a few defensive errors this season, but his performances across the last two years have shown he is a more than adequate League One centre back. With Argyle’s relegation coinciding with the expiry of Edwards’ contract, it would be no surprise if the 25-year-old took a step forward in his career.

A word of warning, however: HITC’s article doesn’t necessarily mean any new information has come to light. With Pete O’Rourke, the author of the article, we always tend to take his words more seriously when he names a specific club that is interested in a player. In this article, however, a number of clubs are listed as potential suitors. Doncaster, Fleetwood, Peterborough, Bristol Rovers and Bradford are all touted as potential destinations for Edwards.

O’Rourke has form with these sorts of articles, which seem to be published to generate clicks from fans of all clubs involved. Edwards is likely to leave in the summer, but don’t credit HITC with having any inside information if he ends up at a specific club mentioned.

Rumour rating: ★★★

Rumour: Matthews to return

08/05/19

Rumour: Remi Matthews will return to Plymouth Argyle this summer due to Bolton’s financial difficulties

Age: 25

Position: Goalkeeper

This season: 2 clean sheets in 19 appearances

Source: Twitter

Verdict: Don’t get your hopes up. As much as the signing of Remi Matthews would be a huge boost as Argyle prepare for their League Two campaign, it’s impossible to see a path to this happening. It’s true that Bolton are in deep financial trouble – they signalled their intention to go into administration just today. However, if Matthews were to leave, he would have plenty of suitors far beyond League Two level. He proved last season he was a more than capable League One player, and has been playing regularly in the Championship in recent weeks.

The source is also notoriously unreliable. In March, this Twitter account claimed Ruben Lameiras was to reject his new contract offer when one clearly hadn’t been offered at that time. We described it then as “another account run by somebody desperate for attention, using fabricated transfer rumours in an attempt to increase their following.” Nothing has changed. The account has only developed 51 followers in that time – clearly their attention seeking hasn’t been massively successful.

If Matthews does sign for Argyle, celebrate what would be a massive coup. Because for now, it looks impossible.

Rumour rating: ★

Confirmed: Retained list

07/05/19

Plymouth Argyle have announced the retained list for the 2019/20 season. 11 players remain under contract, 12 have been offered new deals, and five have been released.

Under contract: Niall Canavan, Michael Cooper, Calum Dyson, Conor Grant, Freddie Ladapo, Tafari Moore, Joe Riley, Antoni Sarcevic, Ashley Smith-Brown, Ryan Taylor, Scott Wootton

Offered new deals: Graham Carey, Ryan Edwards, Alex Fletcher, David Fox, Joel Grant, Luke Jephcott, Ruben Lameiras, Ryan Law, Kyle Letheren, Cameron Sangster, Gary Sawyer, Yann Songo’o

Released: Lionel Ainsworth, Alex Battle, Harry Hodges, Jamie Ness, Dan Rooney, Paul Anderson, Jordan Bentley

Source: pafc.co.uk

Ness and Rooney released

06/05/19

Despite the retained list not currently being announced, it has been all but confirmed that Jamie Ness has been released by Plymouth Argyle.

Actions on social media, including posts from family members of the two players, have made their impending departures seem inevitable.

Source: Twitter and Instagram