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Rumour: Paul Anderson on trial at Argyle

19/02/19

Rumour: Ex-Liverpool, Nottingham Forest and Mansfield Town winger Paul Anderson is on trial with Plymouth Argyle.

Age: 30

Position: Winger

This season: 0 appearances

Source: Twitter

Verdict: There is no doubt that a player is on trial with Argyle, and played in the Central League game at Home Park against Exeter City today. This is shown by the Twitter source outlining the team for that fixture. The only doubt is regarding that player’s identity. Having done a quick bit of digging, we believe that player could be Paul Anderson.

Anderson is very much available, having been released by Mansfield on transfer deadline day. A move for a winger also makes sense considering Derek Adams’ desire to bolster his attacking options following an injury to Joel Grant and missing out on Joe Mason.

Is a player seemingly deemed surplus to requirements at a League Two club likely to excite Argyle fans? No. But provided it is him, the deal makes some sense. After all, Grant came from a League Two club himself and impressed up until his injury. Furthermore, other options from higher divisions are few and far between with the transfer deadline having long passed. Provided we have identified the player correctly, there may well be legs in this one.

Rumour rating: ★★★★

Ambrose Joins Derby

15/02/19

Efe Ambrose will not be joining Plymouth Argyle following confirmation today that he has signed a deal until the end of the season with Derby County.

The 30-year-old defender was linked with a move to Home Park after leaving Hibernian in January, but the player clearly set his sights on a higher level than League One.

Source: BBC Sport

Update: Mason Deal Off

14/02/2019

Derek Adams has confirmed that Joe Mason will not be joining Plymouth Argyle after the attacker turned down a contract offer from the club.

Adams is quoted as saying “Joe won’t be coming here. He has offers from other clubs in our division and the division below. We’ve obviously put an offer to him, but it’s not going to happen for us.”

Adams did not rule out looking at other targets in the free agent market with Joel Grant ruled out for the remainder of the season.

Source: pafc.co.uk

Update: Mason offered contract

10/02/18

Derek Adams has delivered an update on Plymouth Argyle’s pursuit of Joe Mason.

Adams revealed in an article on the Argyle website that Mason and his agent have a deadline of today to make a decision regarding his offer.

Source: pafc.co.uk

Argyle offer Mason contract

07/02/19

Derek Adams has revealed that he has offered Joe Mason a contract beyond this season to rejoin Plymouth Argyle, per the club’s Twitter account. Mason was on loan at Portsmouth this season until January, when his loan was terminated following an unsuccessful spell on the south coast. Following this, his contract with Premier League side Wolves, who signed him from Cardiff in January 2016, was also terminated, leaving him as a free agent.

Following the departures of Gregg Wylde and Calum Dyson (on loan), Mason could provide backup in the attacking midfield and striker positions for Argyle’s now limited squad, though he would likely be an expensive addition due to his wage demands. Given the presence of Ruben Lameiras and Graham Carey, and the need for a strong presence up front, it is hard to determine how Mason fits into Adams’ tactical plans. Would the Scot be willing to offer a contract large enough to entice Mason to join despite this? That remains to be seen.

Confirmed: Bentley Recalled

Jordan Bentley has returned to Plymouth Argyle after the termination of his loan deal with Truro City.

The 19-year-old defender had been with the Cornish side since October, but injury appears to have dented his chances of game time for the foreseeable future.

Source: Twitter

Confirmed: Dyson joins Stevenage on loan

31/01/19

Stevenage have confirmed that Calum Dyson has joined on loan until the end of the season with an option to buy at the end of it.

Source: stevenagefc.com

Update: Argyle reject £400,000 Ladapo bid

31/01/19

Rumour: Plymouth Argyle have rejected a £400,000 bid from Sunderland for Freddie Ladapo

This season: 13 goals and 3 assists in 33 appearance

Source: Plymouth Herald

Verdict: The Herald have provided an update on Sunderland’s pursuit of Freddie Ladapo, a rumour first reported on by AP journalist Nick Mashiter this morning. That Argyle have rejected this bid is not surprising, as it appears to have come too late in the window for Adams to replace his top scorer. However, this does not mean that Sunderland are targeting Ladapo exclusively. They are currently in the process of submitting bids for a series of strikers to see which players are available as they desperately attempt to replace Josh Maja with two strikers before the window closes. Argyle Life understands that Ladapo is not top of Sunderland’s target list, but this could change as more options are ruled out towards the end of the day. The odds are still against Ladapo departing Home Park today.

Rumour rating: ★★★

Confirmed: Lloyd Jones joins

31/01/19

Plymouth Argyle have confirmed today that ex-youth Pilgrim Lloyd Jones has joined on loan from Luton Town for the rest of the season. The centre-back takes the place of Peter Grant in the squad, who departed for Carlisle on Tuesday.

Source: pafc.co.uk

Adams: Potentially two in, one out

31/01/19

Derek Adams has told the Plymouth Herald that he is working on two player arrivals on deadline day, and one player could be set to depart. One target is thought to be Lloyd Jones, the Luton Town centre-back linked with Plymouth Argyle yesterday. The other target is an attacking player. Meanwhile, one player is likely to be loaned to a League Two club. This could be Calum Dyson, who was linked with a move to Stevenage last night.

Rumour: Argyle reject bids for Ladapo

31/01/19

Rumour: Plymouth Argyle have rejected bids from Sunderland and Portsmouth for Freddie Ladapo

This season: 13 goals and 3 assists in 33 appearance

Source: Twitter

Verdict: AP reporter Nick Mashiter is reporting that Portsmouth and Sunderland have had bids rejected for Freddie Ladapo. He was the journalist who broke the news of Purrington’s completed £300k deal back in 2017. Both clubs are in the market for a striker: Sunderland have been linked with every striker at this level and below, a bit like in the summer, and now appear set to sign Sam Surridge; Portsmouth appear to have ended their chase following the recent loan signing of Omar Bogle.

Argyle fans can probably sleep easy now, since both clubs either have added a striker or appear set to add one, and – as Mashiter notes – the bids were rejected anyway. With limited time remaining and not much motivation to sell, Ladapo is likely to see this window out at Home Park.

Rumour rating: ★★★

Rumour: Dyson to depart

30/01/19

Rumour: Plymouth Argyle’s Calum Dyson looks set to sign for Stevenage

This season: 0 goals and assists in 1 appearance

Source: Twitter

Verdict: Reliable rumour merchant Alan Nixon is reporting that Stevenage are close to a deal for Calum Dyson, though he has not specified whether it is temporary or permanent. Nixon, a journalist for the Scottish Sun, is a very reliable transfer source on Twitter. With Dyson out of favour – like Gregg Wylde and Peter Grant before him – this move makes sense given the trend of Argyle’s transfer window. The main issue currently appears to be that no players are heading in through the door at Home Park, and with only a day remaining Adams is playing a risky game by reducing his squad to its bare bones. Regardless, because of the source this one is very likely to be complete in the next day.

Rumour rating: ★★★★★

Rumour: Argyle hope to loan ex-youth product

30/01/19

Rumour: Plymouth Argyle are looking to loan Luton Town centre-back Lloyd Jones

Age: 23

Position: Centre-back

This season: 0 goals and assists in 5 appearances

Source: Sky Sports News

Verdict: Following the permanent departure of back-up centre-back Peter Grant last night, a move for another centre-back seems obvious. Therefore, this attempt to loan ex-youth Pilgrim Jones seems on the money, especially since the reliable Sky Sports are reporting it. Despite the initial promise Jones showed in Liverpool’s academy, his career has stagnated and he has only amassed 334 professional minutes since his semi-successful loan spell with Swindon Town in 2016/17 – the season in which they were relegated.

However, we have to consider the title of this report: Plymouth hopeful of loan deal for Luton defender Lloyd Jones. This is not a report concluding that Argyle are set to loan him but one that instead informs us that they are trying to do so. With only one transfer in this transfer window – Oscar Threlkeld on loan – don’t hold your breath on this signing just yet.

Rumour rating: ★★★★

Confirmed: Grant Departs

29/01/19

Plymouth Argyle have confirmed today that Peter Grant has left the club after his contract was terminated by mutual consent.

It was initially rumoured that centre back Grant was set to join Carlisle United on loan, but the League Two club have now confirmed Grant’s signature on a permanent basis.

Source: pafc.co.uk

Rumour: Argyle in for Surridge

28/01/19

Rumour: Plymouth Argyle are looking to loan Bournemouth striker Sam Surridge

Age: 20

Position: Striker

This season: 12 goals and 4 assists in 20 appearances

Source: Twitter

Verdict: 20-year-old Surridge has been flying this season, with 12 goals for League Two Oldham Athletic during 2018/19. With that loan now expired, it makes sense from Bournemouth’s perspective to see him take the next step in his development, which in this case would be a move to League One. On that basis alone, the rumour does appear to make sense.

However, let’s consider the source. From all we can find, this is a standard Twitter account made up for views and attention seeking alone. They have been markedly more successful than some others attempting the same, amassing over 3,000 followers since joining the platform in April last year. However, the account is prone to posting bouts of rumours whenever the admin feels like it, pointing towards a scattergun approach when they can be bothered, rather than posting genuine information whenever they have it.

Even if the rumour posted is true, the suggestion is that Argyle will have to battle Oxford and Bradford for his signature. Given Argyle’s feeble financial muscle, this appears highly unlikely to be a fight they can win. However, Surridge has spent time at Yeovil in the past, so location probably wouldn’t be an issue for him. Who knows?

Rumour rating: ★★

Rumour: Argyle defender departing on loan

28/01/2019

Rumour: Plymouth Argyle defender Peter Grant is departing for Carlisle United on loan.

This season: 0 goals and 0 assists in 9 appearances

Source: Twitter

Verdict: There’s not much to criticise about this rumour. O’Rourke is a reliable source of transfer rumours and Peter Grant has been out of favour since he was dropped in late October following a run of seven starts. This is a good opportunity for the Scot to move to a lower league, get some game-time and demonstrate to Adams why he deserves to remain with the club in the summer. Meanwhile, Carlisle are looking for defensive reinforcements after centre-back Macaulay Gillesphey underwent knee surgery this week while Gary Liddle, who has started in the centre of defence frequently this season, is in the process of recovering from injury.

Rumour rating: ★★★★

Update: Roberts joins Lincoln on loan

24/01/2019

Jordan Roberts has joined Lincoln City on loan. The winger had been linked to Plymouth Argyle by HITC but has opted to join the League Two club.

Update: Bradford leading the race for Roberts

23/01/2019

According to Argyle Life sources, Bradford are leading the race for Jordan Roberts. The same source suggests that MK Dons did indeed move for Roberts but the winger rejected them.

Simon Parker, the Chief Sports Writer for the Bradford Telegraph and Argus, claimed on Monday that the club were getting closer to making a signing and Roberts could be the player that he is alluding to.

Update: McCauley set to join Inverness

22/01/2019

Darren McCauley, who was previously linked with a transfer to Plymouth Argyle, is set to join Inverness after they agreed a fee with Coleraine. In truth, this rumour always seemed unlikely because of the need for a transfer fee, but the Derry Journal initially claimed the Pilgrims had been in contact with the winger about a potential transfer. With Argyle’s name yet to appear anywhere else, it is fair to assume no bid was ever submitted; it if was, it clearly wasn’t good enough. Now, it appears certain that the talented winger will be heading for the Scottish Championship side, who are aiming to return to the top flight at the first time of asking.

Source: Belfast Telegraph

Rumour rating: ★

Update: No MK Dons interest in Roberts

20/01/2019

Paul Tisdale has claimed that he was unaware “who Jordan Roberts was or who he plays for”. This could just be standard managerial transfer bluff or genuine sentiment, though given that Roberts scored twice against his Exeter City side last season, this seems guaranteed to be a lie.

HITC initially claimed that MK Dons were one of three club allegedly interested in the Ipswich Town winger – along with Plymouth Argyle and Bradford. Therefore, Tisdale’s apparent disinterest in Roberts undermines this rumour: if HITC were wrong about the interest of MK Dons, they’re also likely to be wrong about Argyle and Bradford too.

This transfer still makes sense for the Pilgrims following the departure of Gregg Wylde and Adams’ desire to sell Lionel Ainsworth, but we must revise the likelihood of the rumour being true as a result of Tisdale’s claims.

Source: Twitter

Rumour rating: ★★★

Adams: No deal for Matthews

18/01/2019

Derek Adams has ruled out a move for goalkeeper Remi Matthews this window. Plymouth Argyle fans had been keen for the 24-year-old, who made 27 appearances for the Greens last season, to return after his move to Bolton Wanderers broke down. However, this now appears highly unlikely.

Adams is quoted in the Plymouth Herald as saying “we have got three goalkeepers and we won’t be adding a fourth. I obviously know that Remi is back to Norwich and he’s either going to stay at Norwich or probably get sold to another club. I don’t have money to buy him.”

Adams also confirmed that Michael Cooper was available for loan to teams in League Two or the National League.

Source: Plymouth Herald

Rumour: Argyle make loan offer for Roberts

14/01/19

Rumour: Plymouth Argyle are one of three clubs to have a loan offer for Jordan Roberts accepted

Age: 25

Position: Winger

This season: 0 goals and 2 assists in 12 appearances

Source: HITC

Verdict: This is not only plausible but also good business. Gregg Wylde has departed and Adams has made no secret that he wants Lionel Ainsworth to be next. Neither fit the profile of the player he needs to fill the wide-attacking midfielder/inside forward role that Graham Carey, Ruben Lameiras and Joel Grant have played this season. An additional played is needed therefore and Roberts fits the bill. More akin to Joel Grant in that his attributes make him a natural winger, he demonstrated with Crawley – and as a lone striker at Ipswich – that he has the intelligence to play in congested central areas.

Unlike the rumour linking Argyle with Coleraine’s McCauley, a transfer that would require a fee, this loan move for a player who is a little bit out of his depth at Championship level makes sense. Ipswich remain rooted to the bottom of the Championship table and it is easy to see why. Paul Hurst brought in a raft of signings from Leagues One and Two this summer as a host of seasoned Championship players departed and – unsurprisingly – he failed to weld that blend of potential and inexperience into a successful formula.

The side is now looking to bring in players with the quality and experience to give them a chance to stay up, meaning Roberts, who joined from Crawley Town, is likely to be one on the list of departures, as HITC are reporting. The three sides linked with Roberts – Argyle, along with MK Dons and Bradford City – all make sense as potential destinations for a player who has earned a shot at progressing above mid-table League Two level. Even on the wage front – compared to Notts Forest’s Jorge Grant, who was recently recalled and is set to move to another League One club on loan – Roberts is likely to be a more affordable player.

Adams has already mentioned that he’s missed out on numerous targets. This rumour certainly makes sense; the question is whether the Scot will get this one over the line.

Rumour rating: ★★★★

Rumour: Argyle linked with McCauley

12/01/19

Rumour: Plymouth Argyle are one of the clubs interested in signing Coleraine’s Darren McCauley

Age: 27

Position: Winger

This season: 7 goals and 6 assists in 24 appearances

Source: Derry Journal

Verdict: This is one of the more unusual rumours we’ve come across this winter. Unsurprisingly, Argyle’s name rarely appears in the Derry Journal, so it’s difficult for us to judge the source with regards to transfer rumours in south-west England. The Plymouth Herald have also published an article regarding McCauley, but this simply quotes the initial article from the Derry publication, so we cannot draw on any further information from this.

Let’s deal in facts when considering this rumour. One piece of information works in Argyle’s favour, and one works against them. The first, encouraging detail is that McCauley is available for transfer this winter. Coleraine, by all accounts, wanted to keep the player, but he’s rejected a new contract offer and the club now appear to believe offloading him will be the best long-term action. They have therefore placed him on the transfer list.

This is where Argyle may encounter difficulties, however. Coleraine are unlikely to be wanting to offload a winger with seven goals to his name this season, one of which came in Europa League qualifying, for purely footballing reasons. It would be safe to assume that they are looking to obtain a fee for him now rather than lose him for nothing further down the line. Argyle have been very reluctant to pay any sort of fee for players since administration, so if a sizeable sum will be needed, the deal may be off before an offer even has the chance to be made.

We should also consider the language the original source uses. Whilst Argyle are mentioned, the source claims that Adams has “contacted Coleraine about his availability.” There is no mention of any further interest, or any offer being made. The source also claims that, despite Argyle’s supposed interest, Derry City remain favourites for McCauley’s signature.

Argyle may very well be interested in the player, and we’ll keep an eye on the rumour. However, any further movement on this deal is far from certain.

Rumour rating: ★★

Confirmed: Law and Hodges loaned out

11/01/19

Two more Plymouth Argyle youngsters have today joined the National League South on loan.

Harry Hodges and Ryan Law have signed initial 30-day loans with Gloucester City, meaning Argyle now have five players out on loan at that level.

Source: pafc.co.uk

Update: Ambrose deal unlikely

Derek Adams has been speaking to the media today regarding the potential transfer of Efe Ambrose. The Nigerian centre back has been linked with Argyle ever since he cancelled his contract at Hibernian last week.

Adams, however, does not appear to believe a deal is likely. He is quoted as saying “We have got a number of offers on the table for players, but I would have to say that I’m not sure where all the information comes from. If he (Ambrose) has turned down a three-year deal and X-amount of money at Hibernian, and there is Turkish club etc after him, he’s not going to come to Plymouth Argyle.”

This goes a long way to confirming what many of us already believed about this rumour. Adams does appear to be interested in the player, but he has interest from many other clubs with a much greater financial clout. Therefore, the chances of deal which sees Ambrose join Argyle appear very slim indeed.

Source: Plymouth Herald

Confirmed: Threlkeld returns to Argyle

It was hardly a well guarded secret, but Oscar Threlkeld completed the formalities of his loan move to Argyle this morning.

The 24-year-old signs for Argyle for the fourth time, and will be in contention for selection in the game against Southend United at the weekend.

Source: pafc.co.uk

Confirmed: Wylde Departs

Gregg Wylde has today been given a free tranfer by Plymouth Argyle.

The Argyle website announced that the Scottish winger, who has 11 appearances to his name this season, has come to an agreement that will see his contract end.

As this happened during the transfer window, the 27-year-old will be free to find a new club immediately.

Source: pafc.co.uk

Rumour: Argyle interested in Ambrose

Rumour: Derek Adams is keen to bring defender Efe Ambrose to Plymouth Argyle

Age: 30

Position: Centre back

This season: 2 goals and 1 assist in 29 appearances

Source: Scottish Sun

Verdict: There have been rumours swirling around about Ambrose ever since he enacted a clause to cancel his contract at Hibernian this week. The Nigerian was adored north of the border, and he had been an ever-present in the league this season. One would suspect in those circumstances he wouldn’t leave unless he had another deal lined up. Argyle were linked to Ambrose over the summer, and with Argyle seemingly looking to strengthen the defence this month, this was the catalyst for many to link his name with the club.

The rumour was picked up today in the Herald, who quoted the Scottish Sun as the initial source. The Herald added no further detail, so it’s fair to assume they have not been made aware of anything additional since the rumour was initially published. We therefore have to look at the initial source to determine the likelihood of this being true.

This is where we have a few doubts. The Scottish Sun does mention Argyle as an interested party, but the article mainly surrounds interest in Ambrose from Turkish side Akhisarspor, who are believed to have offered him a contract. Argyle are also listed alongside Cardiff City as potential suitors, and it would be surprising to say the least if Adams had the budget to compete with either of these clubs.

So, what can we say? It’s certainly not beyond the realms of possibility that Argyle are “interested” in Ambrose. However, with everything else at play, a deal has to be considered unlikely.

Rumour rating: ★★★

Rumour: Threlkeld close to loan move

04/01/19

Rumour: Plymouth Argyle are close to completing the loan transfer of Waasland-Beveren’s Oscar Threlkeld

Age: 24

Position: Right back

This season: 2 appearances

Source: Plymouth Herald

Verdict: Argyle have been linked with Threlkeld throughout December, but until now this has simply been speculation. The player has been back in England over the Christmas period, and has only played two games for Belgian club Waasland-Beveren since his move there from Argyle in the summer. Fans have been putting two and two together, but there has been nothing concrete has emerged until today.

Threlkeld’s signature would of course be very welcome amongst the Green Army, and this would appear to be the perfect deal. Many have considered Argyle to be in need of a right back all season, and this requirement has been exacerbated by the recent injury to Joe Riley. Indeed, with Threlkeld still adored by many supporters, the deal does, on the face of it, make complete sense.

Today’s developments are, therefore, significant. The story appears on the Plymouth Live website and, whilst there are no quotes in the article for us to verify, it would be very surprising if the Herald were to put their reputation on the line without solid information, particularly due to the nature of the transfer they are proposing. We should also note that the article has been written by Chris Errington, who generally reports on news rather than simple transfer rumours. This all adds weight to the article.

This is the most believable rumour, and indeed the best news, we have heard on the transfer front this winter. Let’s hope we see some further developments – we’ll certainly be keeping a close eye on them.

Rumour rating: ★★★★★

Confirmed: Rooney and Bentley extend loans

04/01/19

Plymouth Argyle have confirmed this morning that Dan Rooney and Jordan Bentley have extended their loan transfers to Truro City.

The pair, who initially joined Truro in October, are set to stay in Cornwall until the end of the season.

Source: pafc.co.uk

CONFIRMED: Battle loaned to Truro

03/01/19

The first deal of the winter transfer window has been done, as Alex Battle joins Dan Rooney and Jordan Bentley at Truro City on a loan deal.

The Cornish side have confirmed that the loan will be until the end of the current season, and stated that the winger “stands by to make his debut at Welling United on Saturday.”

Source: Truro City FC

Rumour: Ness to Rotherham

02/01/19

Rumour: Rotherham United are interested in signing Plymouth Argyle midfielder Jamie Ness

Source: Twitter

This season: 1 goal and 1 assist in 20 appearances

Verdict: Serious doubts exist regarding this rumour. Rotherham fans and some sections of the media have picked up on it, but the source is the mysterious @efl_hub Twitter account. The account has, at time of writing, tweeted 205 times, and each tweet follows a common theme. There is always a named player, a picture of said player, and a named club linked with his signature.

This is a classic example of an account looking for attention on social media by tagging as many EFL clubs as possible in their tweets. On 23rd December alone, the account tweeted 20 times with a host of random rumours, suggesting a scattergun approach of getting noticed in the build up to the transfer window. Therefore, suggesting they have any knowledge of Ness’ situation when nobody else has reported on it beforehand is ambitious at best.

The account has delivered some correct news in the past, but this has not been before other media outlets have reported it. We’ll never completely rule out a transfer happening, but we are happy to rule out the possibility of this account knowing what is going on.

Rumour rating: ★

Adams discusses outgoings

31/12/18

Derek Adams has been speaking about potential outgoings this winter in his pre-Oxford press conference.

Most notably, Adams discussed the situation regarding Plymouth Argyle winger Lionel Ainsworth. Ainsworth has been a bit-part player at best during his 18-month stay at the club, and today Adams confirmed that the 31-year-old had recently been on trial at Scottish side Livingston. Adams has been quoted as saying “Lionel Ainsworth has been up there for a week’s training but Livingston haven’t decided if they are going to take him as yet.” It would appear that Ainsworth’s departure is inevitable in January. Whether this means Livingston will be his destination remains to be seen.

Adams has also delivered an update on the status of Plymouth Argyle playmaker Graham Carey. Speculation has been rife regarding his potential departure, with rumours of interest from Luton. However, comfortingly, Adams confirmed today that “there’s no inquiries from any clubs for Graham.” This could simply mean that clubs are planning to make a move and simply haven’t been in touch yet. However, it does confirm to us that there will be no immediate movement for Carey, and he will be in line to play against Oxford tomorrow.

Source: Plymouth Herald

Rumour: Adams after Benteke

30/12/18

Rumour: Derek Adams has made an inquiry for Oldham Athletic’s Jonathan Benteke

Age: 23

Position: Striker

This season: 2 goals in 9 appearances

Source: Twitter

Verdict: This rumour was posted early this afternoon by twitter account @argylenewsinsta. However, despite the name of the account, it would appear that this is a Plymouth Argyle fan account, rather than anybody bringing inside news to Argyle supporters.

It’s difficult for us to judge the validity of this rumour due to the ambiguity of it. The account mentions that the source is “very reliable” but to our knowledge the account has posted no rumours such as this previously, so we cannot say whether this is the case. Furthermore, the fact that the account refuses to reveal this source could mean they are protecting an insider at the club, but could also mean the source doesn’t exist at all.

We should also note that the rumour mentions that Argyle have simply “inquired” – there is no indication that any offer has been put in. This makes the rumour unfalsifiable – even if Benteke doesn’t join Argyle in January, this will not discredit the “source”. This makes it all the more likely that the rumour has been made up for social media attention.

The player himself would be a surprising addition. Indeed, he is still under contract at Oldham, so Argyle would have to part with a transfer fee to secure his services. In addition, Benteke has been out since the start of November with an ankle injury, and there is no indication that he will be returning in the near future.

We won’t totally rule this one out – an untested, unfalsifiable source doesn’t mean the rumour itself is complete nonsense. However, it does appear more likely than not that there is nothing to this rumour at this stage.

Rumour rating: ★★

Rumour: Argyle considering Eisa

Rumour: Plymouth Argyle are looking at bringing Bristol City’s Mohamed Eisa to Home Park on loan in January

Age: 24

Position: Striker

This season: 6 appearances

Source: PASOTI

Verdict: The rumour came to our attention through PASOTI, and specifically poster PL2 3DQ, who posted the rumour this afternoon. This poster isn’t generally accepted to have insider knowledge, although does regularly post rumours that have been heard elsewhere to aggregate them in one place.

Here, however, the poster doesn’t provide any links to the rumour, as has been the case in the past. The only other place we have been able to find any mention of this rumour is Twitter, and it seems this is merely as a suggestion rather than through the providing of any concrete evidence. It’s therefore likely that PL2 3DQ heard the rumour from a City supporting friend, particularly when considering the context of his post.

There is therefore no solid source we can pin this to for now. It may well be the case that fans are putting two and two together and coming up with five. The rumour does at least make sense – Bristol City have been linked with Ladapo during this window, and as Eisa is a very similar player, it wouldn’t be too surprising if City offered him on loan as a sweetener to complete the deal. It’s unlikely the rumour has any substance to it at present, but we’ll keep an eye on it.

Rumour rating:

Adams delivers transfer update

28/12/18

Derek Adams has updated Argyle fans on pending outgoing transfers. When prompted about departures, Adams stated that whilst nothing was in the pipeline immediately, players were allowed to leave. When asked if some of these players has clubs lined up, Adams responded “not at this moment in time, no. They have got to find new clubs and they have obviously been active through their agent. We’ve allowed the clubs to know that they are available. As it is, players coming in and players coming out takes time.

Adams also delivered an update on young duo Dan Rooney and Jordan Bentley, who have been on loan at Truro. Whilst it initially seemed that Adams was looking to get them game time at a higher level, it now appears that they are likely to stay at Truro for the remained of this campaign. Adams is quoted as saying “we have obviously got Jordan Bentley and Dan Rooney out on loan. We are looking to extend the loan deals with Truro for them for the rest of the season to allow them some game time.

Source: Plymouth Herald

Rumour: Carey to Luton

22/12/18

Rumour: Luton have had a £750,000 bid accepted for Graham Carey

Source: Twitter

This season: 3 goals and 8 assists in 27 appearances

Verdict: We have major doubts about this rumour. Firstly, the source is one that we are unfamiliar with, so we cannot comment on the reliability of the individual. Second, it is claimed that the source gained his information from the same person who informed him of the departures of Jake Jervis, Oscar Threlkeld and Sonny Bradley, yet we cannot find any mention of those rumours on social media. Therefore, we must ask ourselves: why did he not post anything about those transfers if he had prior information from a trusted source? Why post about Carey now?

Additionally, why would Luton choose to sign Carey? He would be an expensive addition to their squad but would have to compete with at least eight other players for a position in their midfield diamond. Given the quality already at the club, and the synchronised way in which they play, they don’t need another addition in these positions. The highly talented quartet of Andrew Shinnie, Elliott Lee, Jorge Grant and Luke Berry are already jostling for just two positions in that midfield for the side that currently sit 2nd in the division. There’s a high probability that Carey would not be able to force his way in.

All of this is enough to cast significant doubt over the rumour. However, there are some signs that there could be more to it. Sam Barker has tweeted that the rumour “has traction“, and he is an individual who is usually well informed. That’s quite a step back from stating that Luton have had a bid accepted, but a hint that the idea behind it isn’t total nonsense. Similarly, Luton certainly have the budget to finance a move like this, and given their current form and financial model, could be about to sell one of their well performing midfielders to a Championship side. In which case, Carey could be seen as a replacement.

Finally, though most of us don’t know for sure, Carey’s contract probably runs out this summer. In which case, it would make financial sense to cash in and invest the money in a suitable replacement rather then lose him for free should he reject an extension, especially since Carey hasn’t performed at his best this season.

At the moment, there isn’t enough in this rumour to suggest that Carey’s departure is probable – especially since rumours of his departure have appeared every transfer window since he joined Argyle – but that’s not to rule it out.

Rumour rating: ★★

Update: Ladapo Scouted

21/12/18

Rumour: Bristol City have made no contact with Plymouth Argyle regarding striker Freddie Ladapo.

Source: Twitter

This season: 12 goals and 3 assists in 26 appearances

Verdict: We shouldn’t be too surprised by this. The rumour initially surfaced in the Daily Mirror, and it was only by local publications circulating it that drew it to our attention. We have not yet been able to track down the initial rumour, so cannot be sure if there were any quotes, or any substance included at all.

The rebuttal, meanwhile, appears to be fairly solid. It comes from Gregor MacGregor on Twitter, who reports on Bristol City for Bristol Live. There is no link to an article from MacGregor, so we can rule out clickbait playing a part in his tweet.

We should, however, note that the word “currently” at the end of his tweet. This doesn’t mean the deal is dead, it simply means that there is no movement on it at present. As the window isn’t open yet, and we know things can move quickly, we would be wise not to shut the door on this one for now.

Rumour rating: ★★★

Update: No contact for Tootle

20/12/18

Rumour: Plymouth Argyle have made no contact with Notts County regarding Matt Tootle

Age: 28

Position: Right back

This season: 12 appearances

Source: Nottingham Post

Verdict: In an update posted today, the Nottingham Post have stated that there has been no contact at all from Argyle, who are not believed to be looking at securing the right back’s services.

This hardly comes as a surprise. As we reported yesterday, the initial source was a 2 day old Twitter account clearly trying to generate retweets and likes from linking players to EFL clubs. As the Nottingham Post mentioned Argyle by name in the headline and not Bradford City or Luton Town, who had also been linked with the player in the tweet, it suggests that the Plymouth Herald were the only local outlet to report the link, and they will surely now back down.

We can safely put this rumour to bed.

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CONFIRMED: O'Keefe to return to Cardiff

20/12/18

With his loan spell set to expire in January and Adams not keen on an extension, it would appear that Stuart O’Keefe’s time at Plymouth Argyle has come to an abrupt end. The midfielder, who has featured 13 times this season, has been back at parent club Cardiff City recently in his recovery from injury. It is considered highly unlikely that his rehabilitation will be complete before his loan expires in January.

Derek Adams is quoted as saying “it probably looks like the end of the loan spell because Cardiff want him to stay there until he has recovered from the injury. They don’t see it happening before the end of the loan spell.”

Source: Plymouth Herald

Update: Ladapo Scouted

20/12/18

Rumour: Bristol City are one of the Championship clubs interested in signing Plymouth Argyle’s Freddie Ladapo

Source: Daily Mirror

This season: 12 goals and 3 assists in 26 appearances

Verdict: This report appears to have surfaced in today’s Daily Mirror, and has since been picked up by the usual suspects such as HITC Sport and the Plymouth Herald. It has also been reported more locally to the potential buyers in the Bristol Post. Whilst it may seem like the sheer number of sources add weight to the rumour, it’s important to remember these reports have all come from the one Mirror source. It should also be noted that many of the reports simply appear to quote each other.

Nevertheless, this is a rumour that does make sense. We can say to a reasonable degree of certainty that Ladapo has at least been scouted by Championship sides this winter, and Bristol City is a destination that appears to make sense. Not only does their location make watching Ladapo a little easier, but the club also appear to be in need of a goalscorer. The Robins have barely managed to score at a rate of a goal a game in the league this season, and Ladapo has twice as many goals this term as City’s top marksman Famara Diedhiou, albeit at a lower level.

Don’t be surprised if we hear more about this one as we get closer to the opening of the window.

Rumour rating: ★★★★

Rumour: Argyle battle for Tootle

19/12/18

Rumour: Plymouth Argyle are set to battle Bradford City and Luton Town for Notts County’s Matt Tootle

Age: 28

Position: Right back

This season: 12 appearances

Source: Plymouth Herald

Verdict: An article linking Argyle with Tootle appeared on the Plymouth Live website today, but as far as we can tell this interest was first reported from a Twitter account with the handle @exagentDave early yesterday evening. This one is therefore easy to debunk. “Dave” has only been on Twitter since yesterday, tweeted 22 times, amassed a following of 95 and takes his profile picture from a German recruitment agency website.

There are also many reasons we can think of for why the transfer is unlikely to go ahead. Primarily, Tootle is believed to have a contract at Notts County until 2020. As Argyle have been famously reluctant to buy any players with a transfer fee this decade, it is highly unlikely that the trend would change here.

Of course, we can’t completely rule out the possibility of Tootle arriving at Home Park this winter. However, there is no credible source at all currently for this rumour, so there is no reason for us to take it seriously.

Rumour rating: ★

Adams discusses Rooney and Bentley

18/12/18

Derek Adams has today been discussing loan duo Dan Rooney and Jordan Bentley, who have been on loan at Truro City since October. When asked about their progress, he stated they had done well, but mentioned that “we would have hopefully had them in a higher division than they are.”

Adams went on to discuss how Truro were keen to keep the duo, but “we have obviously got to look at it another way. Can we maybe get them into the National League?”

We can conclude from this that Adams is clearly looking to progress the careers of Rooney and Bentley by having them play at a higher level. However, there are no concrete links regarding the possibility thus far.

Source: Cornwall Live

Adams: No inquiries for Ladapo

18/12/18

Derek Adams, when asked whether 12-goal striker Freddie Ladapo was likely to leave the club in January, stated that “we have had a number of inquiries for some of our players and Freddie is not one of them. So, at this moment in time, no is the answer”.

This does not rule out the idea that Championship clubs have been looking at Ladapo and simply haven’t made their move at this time. However, if Adams is being truthful, it perhaps suggests that there isn’t a huge rush from Championship clubs to bring Ladapo in, as some may have us believe with the level of scouting.

Source: Plymouth Herald

Rumour: Argyle looking at Travis

17/12/18

Rumour: Plymouth Argyle are looking at the possibility of loaning Blackburn’s Lewis Travis in January

Age: 21

Position: Defensive midfield, full back

This season: 8 appearances

Source: HITC Sport

Verdict: It makes sense that Blackburn would be willing to loan Travis out. He has, after all, played just eight times this season for Blackburn, with three of those coming in the club’s run to the EFL Trophy third round. His five league appearances have all been from the bench this season, and Tony Mowbray will be keen for his youngster to get some game time. Travis’ versatility may also be of interest to Argyle, as he is able to play in a defensive midfield role whilst also being competent in any position across the back four.

Whilst that all may be true, the rumour itself seems to be based on an awful lot of guesswork. This can be demonstrated by the fact that Argyle are listed amongst four other clubs (Portsmouth, Wycombe, Blackpool and Lincoln) as potential suitors for Travis. The article’s author, Pete O’Rourke, has been known to publish articles like this in the past, with the main objective seemingly to attract clicks from supporters of those clubs.

O’Rourke has published correct information related to Argyle in the past – he knew of Derek Adams’ interest in Calum Dyson long before he was signed, and likewise Luton’s long running interest in Sonny Bradley. However, in these cases, Argyle and Luton were the only clubs mentioned, suggesting O’Rourke had some specific inside information regarding these transfers. Whenever he lists clubs who are interested, however, it gives off the impression of a scattergun approach – it is possible that one of the clubs he mentions is interested in Travis, but highly unlikely that all five will make a move. We should therefore take the link to Argyle with a pinch of salt for now.

Rumour rating: ★★★

Update: Ladapo scouted

17/12/18

Rumour: Plymouth Argyle striker Freddie Ladapo is being watched by Championship clubs ahead of a potential January move

Source: Twitter

This season: 12 goals and 3 assists in 26 appearances

Verdict: This isn’t the first time we have heard rumours regarding Ladapo’s potential departure this month. However, the source here is ex-Argyle chief scout Greg Strong, which gives the whispers a little more weight. One would expect that scouts do speak to each other from time to time, and one would also suspect Strong has more knowledge on such matters than previous sources who have commented on the matter. Strong mentioning that Championship clubs are watching Ladapo, therefore, is significant.

Nonetheless, it would also be unwise to assume that this is absolutely true. The comment from Strong was part of a Twitter exchange with an Argyle fan, in which Strong’s work was criticised. It’s therefore entirely possible that Strong mentioned that Championship clubs were looking for Ladapo as a way of defending himself. Indeed, his claims in the same tweet that Ladapo is “worth a lot of money” adds credence to this theory.

Rumour rating: ★★★★

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Rumour: Carey to Oxford

16/12/18

Rumour: Oxford United are interested in signing Plymouth Argyle attacking midfielder Graham Carey

Source: Oxbible – Instagram

This season: 3 goals and 7 assists in 25 appearances

Verdict: It would be surprising if there were not clubs considering making a move for Carey considering he has not hit the heights at Argyle this season as he had over the previous three years. As this has been due to the system Derek Adams has deployed, it’s not out of the question that Carey could be becoming disgruntled. This part of the rumour therefore may have its merits.

However, considering the source is an Instagram account that calls itself an “Oxford United Fanpage”, it’s hard to believe they have any sort of inside information that makes this rumour credible. Indeed, Carey may be unhappy at Argyle, and Oxford may well be interested in his services, but this post and rumour is not significant to the validity of those claims at all. Furthermore, this source has been known to post such rumours in the past. However, those they have gotten right had all been published in more reliable sources such as the Oxford Mail beforehand. The rumours posted exclusively by Oxbible, such as this one, have all been wide of the mark.

Ultimately, we can speculate about the content of the rumour, but the source has little credibility, and is therefore not worth taking seriously at this time.

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Adams speaking to clubs and agents

13/12/18

Derek Adams has confirmed that he is already “speaking to other clubs and to agents, finding out if players are going to be available”.

He continued: “The reason it doesn’t really start going until the end of January is that, when you speak to clubs and players, they’ve got to make decision on leaving their clubs on loan or permanently. It can happen very quickly or in a slow process. It will get quicker as we get into January.

He also confirmed that “we’ve spoken to our players who will be available to go out and clubs have shown an interest”.

Source: pafc.co.uk

RUMOUR: Ladapo scouted

08/12/18

Rumour: Freddie Ladapo has been scouted by Reading

This season: 12 goals and 3 assists in 25 appearances

Source: PASOTI

Verdict: The rumour comes from an individual under the username nick_PASTIE. Our research suggests he has rarely dabbled in rumours on the forum. The three that we can find relate to: Simon Church, who he correctly suggested was on-trial at the club; Oscar Threlkeld, who he incorrectly claimed would leave in the summer of 2017; and Ryan Taylor, who he linked with Argyle prior to his arrival.

A latter comment upon his rumour also claims the same source who informed him of this also told him about Taylor, Antoni Sarcevic and Jake Jervis’ departure, though we cannot find proof of his comments on the latter two.

However, this does seem to be a likely rumour. Ladapo is in great goalscoring form, and the majority of Championship clubs will be on the lookout for players who have impressed in the lower leagues going into January.

Rumour rating: ★★★

Adams discusses his budget further

07/12/18

Following the return of Harry Burgoyne to Wolves, it appears as if Argyle will have money to spend on wages for new players this January. This follows on from previous news that some players will leave the club during the transfer window in a bid to free up funds for new players.

Derek Adams: “He was on loan to us until January,” said Derek. “The loan has been cancelled between ourselves and Wolves. When January comes about, he will return to Wolves. We have stopped paying Wolves as of the end of last month to allow him to play for their under-23 team.

“We have still got money in there that we can use from the point of view that he has gone back to Wolves. That contract will be cancelled, so we can use his money. We have also got players who will move out, we will use that money as well.”

It looks like fans can anticipate a very busy transfer window at the club this January.

Source: www.pafc.co.uk

CONFIRMED: Burgoyne loan deal cancelled

06/12/18

Harry Burgoyne has had his loan deal from Wolves cancelled by mutual consent.

The 21-year-old goalkeeper did not feature for the first team after breaking his ankle during Argyle’s pre-season tour of Holland. The young keeper only recently returned to action for Wolves’ under-23s in their Premier League Cup tie at Oxford United.

It remains to be seen whether Argyle will continue with Matt Macey – who is on a season long loan from Arsenal – or look to use the now vacant funds to make a move for a new goalkeeper.

Source: www.pafc.co.uk

RUMOUR: Lameiras to leave in January

02/12/18

Rumour: Ruben Lameiras is leaving Plymouth Argyle in January due to limited game time

This season: 4 goals and 1 assist in 21 appearances

Source: PASOTI

Verdict: This is a classic January rumour. Disgrunteled player, lack of game time, Janaury transfer window fast approaching. The line – “Gentleman who sits next to my brother says he is off because he isn’t playing enough. Who can blame him?” – isn’t especially convincing either. Our research suggests that the individual who posted the rumour – by the username of Steve Evans – has been hit and miss with rumours inthe past. More miss than hit, but enough to suggest there could be some truth in it.

Putting the source aside, the rumour is not that unlikely. There are plenty of suggestions – albeit little, if any, proof – that Lameiras and Adams aren’t exactly friends. This could go some way to explaining Adams’ reluctance to start an individual that was a massive part in Argyle’s run to the play-off positions last season, given that Lameiras ranks 14th for starts and minutes played in 2018/19. Though Joel Grant has seemingly usurped the Portuguese this season, it’s hard to argue that he deserved that place until his performances in the previous four weeks. However, Lameiras seemingly turned down a transfer away from Home Park to the Championship in the summer and Adams spoke positively about him in public following the recent win against Stevenage.

Ultimately, it’s hard to deduce whether this is a case of Lameiras fitting the profile of a player starved of game-time who want to move on out of frustration of worries about his career, or just a collection of fans putting two-and-two together to make five and wanting to get some attention and appear to be in-the-know. At this stage, given that no Argyle Life sources have heard any solid rumours about Lameiras, it’s more likely to be the latter. 

Rumour rating: ★★

Adams to make January signings

18/11/18

Derek Adams is set to utilise the January transfer window to strengthen Plymouth Argyle’s side in a bid to get away from the wrong end of the table. Although unclear who, a number of players are expected to move away from Home Park so that Adams has the room and the wages available to bring in new players.

Source: www.pafc.co.uk

RUMOUR: Argyle to loan Kean Bryan

18/11/18

Rumour: Argyle are tracking Sheffield United’s Kean Byran ahead of a potential loan move in January

Age: 22

Position: Centre-back

This season: 0 apps

Source: PASOTI

Verdict: The individual who posted this – username Pilgrim28 – does not appear to be a reliable source. He seems to be a user who mostly shares rumours from other sources such as Facebook and Twitter – sometimes without revealing the original source – but also shares rumours that appear to be his own. His incorrect rumours include: Joe Morrell (though he may have only been suggesting the signing rather than claiming it as a rumour); Giancarlo Gallifuco; Gary Miller leaving in January 2018; Alex Fletcher to Salford; and Stanley Aborah. We have yet to find a correct rumour, but searching PASOTI can be a tricky business.

Regarding the player, Bryan is a good centre-back at this level and every Oldham Athletic fan will testify to that fact. He was their young player of the year while on loan with them from Man City, and had he not missed the last seven games of the season – in which they failed to win a single game – they probably would have avoided relegation.

The youngster started that season in defensive-midfield but really emerged as a composed left-sided centre-back, strong on the ball and quick. Don’t get your hopes up, but if you were looking for a 2019 Zak Vyner, this could well be your man. Byran has been injured for the majority of the season since signing for Sheffield United this summer, but is back fit now and seems likely to need a spell on loan in the second half of the season given he is now far down the pecking order. However, there is unlikely to be any substance in this rumour, and there are questions to be asked about whether Argyle could afford his wages. We would need a more credible source to back this rumour before we will begin to consider it.

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CONFIRMED: Argyle duo extend loans

07/11/18

Plymouth Argyle reserves Dan Rooney and Jordan Bentley have extended their loan deals at Truro City until January 2019.

Source: pafc.co.uk 

CONFIRMED: Truro loan Argyle duo

10/10/18

Plymouth Argyle reserves Jordan Bentley and Dan Rooney have joined Truro City on a 28 day loan.

Source: pafc.co.uk