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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

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Goodbye Ruben Lameiras

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Alex Fletcher: It’s Now or Never

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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

Rumour: Coventry in for Carey

07/05/19

Rumour: Coventry City are interested in signing Plymouth Argyle’s Graham Carey upon the expiry of his contract

Age: 29

Position: Attacking midfielder, Winger

This season: 6 goals and 13 assists in 49 appearances

Source: Twitter

Verdict: There is nothing to see here. The source for this rumour is the same one that reported the Sawyer rumour that we discussed earlier today. There, we said the Twitter feed “appears to simply post rumours as educated guesses in the hope of gaining a Twitter following, and therefore a sense of credibility.” With that in mind, any thoughts that they may have inside information from any EFL club are wide of the mark.

We’re never going to dismiss a rumour out of hand. Things can happen – with the amount of rumours these supposedly “in the know” accounts post, they are bound to get lucky with one or two deals across the summer. However, the odds of Carey joining Coventry are not altered in the slightest by this tweet.

Rumour rating: ★

Rumour: Carey could stay

07/05/19

Rumour: Graham Carey may stay at Plymouth Argyle depending on the managerial appointment

Age: 29

Position: Attacking midfielder, Winger

This season: 6 goals and 13 assists in 49 appearances

Source: Twitter

Verdict: Much like the previous rumour we assessed, this one also looks like it has been posted by somebody looking to build a Twitter following using a scattergun approach to posting transfer rumours. That being said, the account has been fairly successful, gaining over 3000 followers on the platform including Plymouth Live reporter Chris Errington. This doesn’t necessarily mean their words have any merit, but it is notable.

The rumour itself, however, is just another one that seems deliberately ambiguous. The source mentions that there is a “chance” of keeping Carey “if” the right manager comes in. There is no mention of the size of that chance, nor on who that manager would have to be to tempt Carey to stay. This feels like the sort of thing people could infer on their own without the need for any supposed inside information.

Rumour rating: ★★

Rumour: Sawyer to leave Argyle this summer

07/05/19

Rumour: Gary Sawyer is set to leave Plymouth Argyle on the expiry of his contract this summer

Age: 33

Position: Left back

This season: 1 assist in 34 appearances

Source: Twitter

Verdict: The source suggests that Sawyer is expected to leave Argyle following interest from numerous clubs in League One and League Two. Significant League One interest would be surprising to say the least. By his standards, Sawyer has had a disappointing season. Admittedly, he has not been helped by Argyle’s formation, which has offered limited protection to full backs in wide areas. However, Sawyer will be 34 next month. Rest assured no teams will be after his services for a long-term solution.

The source of the rumour is also very questionable. “EFL Hub” on Twitter doesn’t appear to have significant credibility, and appears to simply post rumours as educated guesses in the hope of gaining a Twitter following, and therefore a sense of credibility. The wording of the rumour is also very telling. The Twitter feed mentions no clubs who are interested, simply that they exist. It means that if Sawyer joins any other club this summer, the account can claim they were right, when in truth they didn’t have a clue.

Sawyer may leave this summer. But make no mistake: the people in control of this Twitter account know nothing.

Rumour rating: ★

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

Rumour: Bordeaux keen on Lameiras

02/05/19

Rumour: French Ligue 1 side Bordeaux are interested in signing Plymouth Argyle’s Ruben Lameiras

Age: 24

Position: Attacking midfielder/winger

This season: 12 goals and 8 assists in 44 appearances

Source: The Guardian

Verdict: This is certainly a rumour that jumps from the page, and there are plenty of questions we can ask about it. First of all, whilst Lameiras’ contract does expire at the end of the season, Bordeaux are a foreign club to Argyle, so could have approached Lameiras at any point from January. Why has it just taken until now for interest to emerge? Furthermore, as good a season as Lameiras has had, it’s surely a big ask to step up from League One to Ligue 1. We did expect many clubs to be interested in Lameiras this summer, but Bordeaux was not one of them.

 

Nonetheless, we have to work on the basis that the interest is genuine. After all, it would be a surprise for a national publication such as The Guardian to publish what would otherwise be a bizarre rumour without some prior knowledge. Big Premier League transfer rumours may generate clicks, but Plymouth Argyle players being linked abroad? Not so much. We therefore have to assume that there is at least a link there. In the article, it is mentioned that Lameiras came through the academy at Tottenham Hotspur, and it was Spurs academy director John McDermott who recommended Lameiras to Bordeaux. It’s certainly possible.

This rumour took us all by surprise when it emerged. It’s certainly one to keep an eye on.

Rumour rating: ★★★★

Rumour: Portsmouth in for Edwards

07/04/19

Rumour: Ryan Edwards has attracted the attention of Portsmouth, with the defender set to be out of contract at Plymouth Argyle this summer

Age: 25

Position: Centre back

This season: 5 goals and 1 assist in 35 appearances

Source: Twitter

Verdict: It would not be a surprise if Edwards is indeed out of contract this summer. The Argyle management wouldn’t have known exactly what to expect from the defender following his cancer treatment, and Derek Adams has hardly been the sort to hand out long-term contracts to his players. Therefore, we can deduce that, in all likelihood, Edwards will be free to speak to clubs next month.

It’s worth therefore looking at the source of the rumour. In this instance, rather than being the sort of rumour that has stemmed from an account on social media seeking attention, this has been put out there by an actual journalist. Alan Nixon has developed a following of over 75,000 on Twitter, so it’s unlikely he’d be posting rumours simply to get attention – he hardly needs it.

So could Portsmouth be interested? Well, let’s have a look at their defensive options. They do have three very solid centre back choices for this level in Jack Whatmough, Matt Clarke and Christian Burgess, but Whatmough’s recent injury has limited their options. Their only other ‘natural’ centre back option would be academy graduate Matthew Casey, standing at 6 ft 8 and currently on loan at Gosport. It therefore stands to reason that they’d be looking to enhance their options for next season, whether or not they win promotion.

Does that mean they’ll be signing Edwards? Nothing is guaranteed. But we can assume that their interest is genuine.

Rumour rating: ★★★★

Rumour: Lameiras to reject new deal at Argyle

14/03/19

Rumour: Ruben Lameiras is set to reject a new deal with Plymouth Argyle, with Sheffield United and Barnsley interested in his services.

Age: 24

Position: Attacking midfielder, winger

This season: 11 goals and 4 assists in 35 appearances

Source: Twitter

Verdict: It’s very much a case of “nothing to see here” with this rumour. Yes, Lameiras has shone for Argyle since the start of this calendar year. Yes, it’s very possible that other clubs may be interested in signing him as a result. However, the source of this rumour has no credibility at all.

The tweet is posted by an account called “intheknow2019”, which appears to claim that they have inside knowledge from many clubs following months of research. With that in mind, it’s very odd that they set up their account today – in fact, the first tweet from the account came within the last four hours. If they had all of this knowledge, why are they deciding to share this now? The truth is, this is another account run by somebody desperate for attention, using fabricated transfer rumours in an attempt to increase their following. Hopefully updates to Twitter, which will see retweet and like numbers hidden, will see these accounts slowly die out.

Ruben Lameiras may leave Argyle in the summer. He may join one of Sheffield United or Barnsley. But this account has no inside knowledge. Let’s take this rumour with more than a pinch of salt for now.

Rumour rating: ★