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Rumour: Stoke amongst seven in for Jephcott

14/02/21

Rumour: Stoke City are one of seven teams looking to sign Plymouth Argyle striker Luke Jephcott

Age: 21

Position: Striker

This season: 18 goals and 1 assist in 29 appearances

Source: Twitter

Verdict: I think we all knew that there would be a number of clubs looking at Jephcott after his success stepping up to League One this season. In all honesty, I was a little surprised that none of them made an acceptable offer in the January transfer window, which probably goes to show how well Argyle did in keeping hold of their star asset. However, it looks as though the scramble for the Wales under-21 international is set to continue into the summer.

Today we learned the extent to which other clubs were eyeing the Pilgrims striker. Alan Nixon’s tweet pointed specifically to Stoke, but a subsequent article in the Sun suggested as many as seven clubs were keeping tabs on the player, and a later article on the HITC website suggested Derby and Sheffield Wednesday are amongst them.

The sheer number of clubs interested suggests a deal to sell Jephcott to one of them is far from close, but expect this one to run and run right up to the summer window.

Rumour rating: ★★★

Rumour: Argyle interested in Danny Graham

02/02/21

Rumour: Plymouth Argyle and Crewe Alexandra are looking to sign recently released striker Danny Graham

Age: 35

Position: Striker

This season: 1 goal and 1 assist in 17 appearances

Source: Twitter

Verdict: Well, Graham is available, and Argyle do now only have three out-and-out strikers to fill two positions. But none of that on its own means a deal is suddenly about to happen.

In truth, Graham needs to find another club sharpish if he wants to prolong his career. He’ll be 36 in August and, having been released by Sunderland on deadline day, one suspects retirement may beckon if he doesn’t find another club to see out the season. Perhaps he could do a short-term job at Home Park, but would Ryan Lowe really risk bringing in a player in the twilight years of his career when it could stunt the progress of the three in-form youngsters he currently has in his ranks?

The source on this one is also classically inaccurate, so I’m beginning to think my initial musings amounted to me looking for an excuse to give this rumour an extra star. Particularly given the dross we’ve seen on the rumour mill in recent days.

Rumour rating: ★★

Lowe: No more business

01/02/21

Ryan Lowe appears to have confirmed that Argyle’s business is done for the winter transfer window.

A busy deadline day saw Argyle confirm the departures of Frank Nouble and Scott Wootton, whilst being linked with the likes of Josh McEachran and Jamille Matt. Luke Jephcott was also erroneously linked with a move to Cardiff on an initial loan deal.

However, Ryan Lowe has told Plymouth Live journalist Chris Errington over Twitter to get an early night, and I think I’ll do the same.

Source: Twitter

Confirmed: Wootton joins Wigan

01/02/21

As expected, Scott Wootton has completed his move to Wigan Athletic.

Wootton moves on a loan deal until the end of the season, but it is widely suspected that he’ll be leaving Home Park on a permanent deal this summer.

Ryan Lowe was quoted as saying “we feel that it is best for both parties that he is able to go and try and earn himself a contract for next season, which we were not in a position to offer.

“We thank Scott for his contribution at Argyle, he played an important part in our promotion last season, and we wish him nothing but the best for the future.”

Source: pafc.co.uk

Rumour: Jamille Matt to return to Argyle

01/02/21

Rumour: Plymouth Argyle have joined Bristol Rovers in the hunt to sign Forest Green striker Jamille Matt

Age: 31

Position: Striker

This season: 9 goals and 1 assist in 28 appearances

Source: Twitter

Verdict: Unbelievably, I thought we were about to go through one transfer window without Jamille Matt being linked with a move back to Argyle. How wrong I was.

In truth, there’s very little in favour of this rumour, but having seen it shared widely it’s worth debunking. The source on this one is “Transfers 24/7” on Twitter, an account that hardly lives up to its name considering it last tweeted in October before today. There is no suggestion of any insider knowledge here at all. Add in the fact that Frank Nouble has just departed, and paying a fee to bring in a similar player would be a pretty useless move, the rumour really does begin to seem like a non-starter.

This one can be safely filed under “no chance.”

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Player Ratings: Blackpool 2 Plymouth Argyle 2

Plymouth Argyle followed up their pressure-relieving win over Bristol Rovers last weekend, with a well earned 2-2 draw against Blackpool.

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Extra energy helps Argyle win Lincoln epic

Even though they couldn’t be spurred on by a crowd, Argyle had enough energy in the closing stages to roll over their opponents.

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Player Ratings: Plymouth Argyle 4 Lincoln 3

What a game. Attacking flair, defensive incompetence, excellent finishes and wasted opportunities for even more.

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Player Ratings: Portsmouth 2 Plymouth Argyle 2

Plymouth Argyle threw away two points today, but they still took a point from Fratton Park, making it 8/12 points in the past four away games.

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Rumour: Jephcott to move to Cardiff

01/02/21

Rumour: Luke Jephcott is poised to join Cardiff City on loan with an option to buy in the summer

Age: 21

Position: Striker

This season: 16 goals and 1 assist in 26 appearances

Source: Twitter

Verdict: No need for alarm on this one. The rumour linking Jephcott to Cardiff certainly kicked off this afternoon when it was seen on the Twitter account of “journalist and Salford fan” John Davies as linked above. However, the rumour originated from the Twitter account of Nathan Parker, the host of a rugby podcast who doesn’t exactly scream “reliable source” when it comes to lower league football.

Indeed, Parker himself has since backtracked on the rumour. He posted an update later on that the Jephcott information was, in fact, false. Shock horror. He now says Cardiff are chasing the signing of Jordan Rhodes instead of Jephcott. Who knows if that information will turn out to be true? And, quite frankly, who cares?

A loan with an option to buy would be a stupid move from Argyle, particularly after Frank Nouble’s departure earlier today. Ryan Lowe and particularly Simon Hallett are too savvy to allow this to happen. Ignore.

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Confirmed: Nouble loaned back to Colchester

 

01/02/21

Frank Nouble has moved back to Colchester United on loan until the end of the season.

The 29-year-old has scored twice in 31 appearances for Argyle this season, but has clearly fallen out of favour with Argyle now boasting Luke Jephcott, Ryan Hardie and Niall Ennis amongst their attacking ranks.

With Nouble believed to be on a one-year deal at Home Park, and the player himself having already said his goodbyes, it looks likely that he won’t play for Argyle again.

Source: pafc.co.uk

Rumour: Argyle interested in McEachran

 

01/02/21

Rumour: Plymouth Argyle are one of a few clubs looking to sign former Birmingham midfielder Josh McEachran

Age: 27

Position: Central midfield

This season: 0 appearances

Source: Twitter

Verdict: Probably unlikely this one. Certainly less likely than some of the rumours we’ve heard across recent days. True, McEachran was released by Birmingham today having made no appearances all season, but this feels like a rumour made by somebody trying to jump onto the bandwagon rather than somebody with insider knowledge. EFL Hub is, of course, notorious for this.

Even if the rumour does have an ounce of truth, Argyle have been linked to the player alongside Oxford, Gillingham and Blackpool, so a deal is far from certain with such competition. Besides, with the player being released, a deal wouldn’t have to be concluded today, so don’t expect any quick movement here.

The only thing that seems to be going in favour of this deal is the fact that the player is available. With nothing else behind it, it’s not worth much of our attention for the moment.

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Update: Wootton "poised to leave" Argyle

 

01/02/21

Rumour: Scott Wootton is “poised to leave” Plymouth Argyle for Wigan Athletic this deadline day

Age: 29

Position: Centre back

This season: 16 appearances

Source: Twitter

Verdict: This one is looking more and more likely. Chris Errington of Plymouth Live is the man who delivered the “poised to leave” line on Twitter this morning, but his article itself links to Alan Nixon’s tweet above, which suggests that Wigan should get a deal done for Wootton today.

Errington’s tweet and article suggest that a loan move may be the most likely outcome for Wootton, though this is yet to be confirmed. That would see Argyle miss out on a fee for the 29-year-old, but would at least mean wages saved that can potentially be spent on a free agent centre back once the regular transfer window slams shut.

All the signs would suggest that this deal will be done today, one way or another.

Rumour rating: ★★★★

Confirmed: Sam Woods joins on loan

 

31/01/21

Plymouth Argyle have finally added to their defensive ranks by signing Sam Woods on loan from Crystal Palace.

The 22-year-old signs on a deal until the end of the season, and will wear the number 25 shirt during his stay with the Greens.

Source: pafc.co.uk

Rumour: Wigan in for Wootton

 

31/01/21

Rumour: Wigan Athletic are looking to sign Plymouth Argyle defender Scott Wootton before tomorrow’s transfer deadline

Age: 29

Position: Centre back

This season: 16 appearances

Source: Twitter

Verdict: Given Argyle have already lost one centre back this winter, it would be surprising if they were to let Wootton leave without a suitable replacement lined up. Heck, the transfer may well lead to Argyle needing two new centre backs, given Ryan Lowe is already in the market for one after Niall Canavan’s departure. He’s said it could be one in and one out on deadline day, which would surely mean Argyle look to dip into the free agent market for another centre back should Wootton leave.

And yet, if that does indeed happen, it may well be a prudent piece of business. Wootton has done well to rebuild his reputation following a tumultuous 2018/19 season at Home Park, but there are better options out there. And at 29, Argyle are unlikely to pick up much resale value from keeping him on at the club. If the Greens get a fee, however nominal, from Wigan for Wootton before rebuilding their back line, I doubt many would complain.

Alan Nixon tweeting the rumour means it carries a fair amount of weight. And whilst it may seem like an odd deal for now, it could prove to be a smart move for Argyle in the coming months.

Rumour rating: ★★★

Confirmed: Hardie loan made permanent

29/01/21

Ryan Hardie’s loan move from Blackpool has been made permanent.

The 23-year-old striker has scored 11 goals across two loan spells at Home Park, most recently in the 2-0 victory over Swindon Town on Tuesday night.

Argyle paid an undisclosed fee to secure the deal, with Ryan Lowe saying “He works hard every day, he’s got quality, and we feel we can improve him. It’s great to have him here, and I am thankful to the board for sanctioning the deal – he’s one for the future of Plymouth Argyle.”

Source: pafc.co.uk

Update: Lowe dismisses Biggins interest

28/01/21

Ryan Lowe has sensationally quashed any rumours linking Plymouth Argyle with a move for Fleetwood midfielder Harrison Biggins. His comments come after a link between Argyle and the player was made by the usually reliable Pete O’Rourke on Twitter yesterday.

Lowe gave us an insight into a conversation he had with Karl Robinson, manager of Oxford who were also linked to Biggins. “Karl said to me ‘Do you know this Biggins lad?’ and I went ‘No’ and he went ‘Nor do I’. It’s crazy isn’t it?”

“I think I have seen him play a bit but, no, we are definitely not interested,” Lowe concluded.

Source: Plymouth Live

Rumour: Argyle interested in Biggins

27/01/21

Rumour: Plymouth Argyle are one of three clubs interested in Fleetwood midfielder Harrison Biggins

Age: 24

Position: Central midfield

This season: 1 goal and 3 assists in 25 appearances (on loan at Barrow)

Source: Twitter

Verdict: A bit of an odd one, this. Every single piece of logic imaginable would suggest a move by Argyle for Biggins doesn’t make sense. The Greens are already packed in midfield, and the player himself is hardly setting the world alight on loan at Barrow, with just one goal and three assists in League Two so far this season from an attacking midfield position. Why he’d be considered as worthy of eating into Argyle’s wage budget when Danny Mayor, Panutche Camara, Ben Reeves and Conor Grant can already play in his role is a mystery.

Usually, I’d be happy to dismiss this one out of hand. And yet, the source in this one does carry a lot of weight. Pete O’Rourke is far from the random chancer Twitter accounts we often have to assess. He’s a well-respected journalist who has got plenty right in the past. Off the top of my head, he was the first decent source to link Argyle with Zak Rudden last summer, for instance.

O’Rourke does mention Argyle as potential suitors alongside Oxford and Milton Keynes, so perhaps he is trying to cover his back. But we’ll at least file this one under “worth keeping an eye on.”

Rumour rating: ★★★

Update: Two more clubs in for Donacien

21/01/21

Rumour: Fleetwood and Wigan have made loan approaches for Argyle target Janoi Donacien

Age: 27

Position: Right back, centre back

This season: 3 appearances

Source: East Anglia Daily Times

Verdict: We’ve picked up a lot from the East Anglia Daily Times’ update today. That there would be other clubs interested in Donacien is no surprise, considering he hasn’t made a single league appearance for Ipswich all year. The Tractor Boys have always been open to a loan, and Wigan and Fleetwood’s approaches only go to confirm the significant interest held in the player.

But it is becoming increasingly clear that Argyle are the only side looking at a permanent deal this winter. Accrington remain interested, but only on loan, so should the player be allowed to leave permanently Argyle would surely be considered favourites for his signature. The ball, ultimately, is in Ipswich’s court.

We learnt today that Argyle’s bid for the player was in the region of £50,000. Perhaps Ipswich are holding out for more to sell a player they signed for £750,000 just two years ago. Why they’d prefer to loan out player whose contract expires this summer rather than take a fee is a mystery, but it’s their prerogative.

Either way, there’s no reason to doubt the information released today.

Rumour rating: ★★★★

Confirmed: Telford sold to Newport

28/01/21

Plymouth Argyle have confirmed the sale of striker Dom Telford to Newport for an undisclosed fee.

Telford’s opportunities were always likely to be limited following the signing of Niall Ennis earlier this month, and Argyle have appeared happy to accept a fee for an out-of-favour player.

Telford scored three goals during an injury-hit spell at Home Park.

Source: pafc.co.uk

Confirmed: Ennis signs permanently

18/01/21

As rumoured, Plymouth Argyle have completed the signing of Wolves striker Niall Ennis.

The 21-year-old, who spent the first half of the season on loan at Burton, has signed on a permanent deal for an undisclosed fee. He’s signed a two-and-a-half-year contract at Argyle.

Ennis will wear the number 21 shirt during his time at Home Park

Source: pafc.co.uk

Rumour: Argyle accept £1 million bid for Jephcott

17/01/21

Rumour: Plymouth Argyle have accepted a bid of £1 million for Luke Jephcott from Newcastle United

Age: 20

Position: Striker

This season: 15 goals in 22 appearances

Source: Twitter

Verdict: No, I wouldn’t have thought so. There are so many things against this rumour that I’d be gobsmacked if this deal were to go through.

First of all, the club. Yes, we know Jephcott is attracting interest from several sides this winter, but could he really be expected to step up to the Premier League straight away? I know Joelinton isn’t exactly firing them in, but come on…

And how about the fee? Ryan Lowe himself has circled around the £3.5 million as a potential fee for Jephcott this week, so £1 million can only be described as derisory. It’s almost as if the whole thing is made up…which brings us to the source. “Transfer Centre 9” on Twitter is similar to EFL Hub and EFL Zone in the way it makes up rumours for attention, with the only difference being that this one somehow manages to get more wrong.

Jephcott may leave this month, but not for that price, and surely not to that club.

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Rumour: Argyle to sign Ennis

17/01/21

Rumour: Plymouth Argyle are close to signing Wolves striker Niall Ennis

Age: 21

Position:  Striker

This season: 10 appearances (on loan at Burton)

Source: Twitter

Verdict: After completing the sale of centre back Niall Canavan in the week, Ryan Lowe now appears to be close to signing…a striker. Would we have him any other way? (Yes.)

Anyway, this one looks good. Alan Nixon, an actual journalist, is far more reliable than the try-hard Twitter accounts we often see making up rumours, and with rumblings that the player was in fact in Plymouth yesterday, this one looks close to completion.

Ennis spent the first half of the season on loan at Burton Albion, making 10 appearances and failing to score. Hardly making an impression, indeed, but Burton as a whole had a tricky start to the campaign. There’s definitely a cause-and-effect argument to be had over Ennis’ performances.

Exactly why Argyle are closing in on another forward is another matter. The only thing I can think of is that another highly-coveted striker may be heading for the exit door. But I prefer not to be pessimistic…

Rumour rating: ★★★★

Rumour: Argyle chase Maguire-Drew

 

 

16/01/21

Rumour: Plymouth Argyle are one of a number of clubs looking to sign Leyton Orient winger Jordan Maguire-Drew

Age: 23

Position: Winger, Striker

This season: 2 goals and 3 assists in 19 appearances

Source: Twitter

Verdict: Start the “EFL Hub are at it again” klaxon. They’re regularly posting random rumours on Twitter linking a player to more than one club, but this is ambitious even for them. They’ve linked Maguire-Drew to seven different clubs: Argyle, Crawley, Cambridge, Cheltenham, Rochdale, Milton Keynes and Burton. All in one tweet. I can’t knock them for inefficiency.

This season Maguire-Drew has played on either flank and up front for Leyton Orient, suggesting he could play a similar role to Byron Moore at Home Park. He’s received mixed reviews from Orient fans, with some praising his technical play and others bemoaning his defensive work. The latter point in particular suggests he’ll have trouble playing at wing back in Ryan Lowe’s system.

There’s probably very little in this one. We know from yesterday’s news of a bid for Janoi Donacien that Argyle won’t shy away from paying a fee for the right player in this window, but Maguire-Drew doesn’t seem like the right player. Plus, with the unreliability of the source and the sheer number of clubs involved, this is one you can ignore before a more significant source delivers any news.

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Rumour: Argyle have Donacien bid rejected

15/01/21

Rumour: Plymouth Argyle have had a bid rejected for Ipswich Town defender Janoi Donacien

Age: 27

Position: Right back, centre back

This season: 3 appearances

Source: East Anglia Daily Times

Verdict: This one has come a little out of the blue. Granted, we all know Ryan Lowe is looking for a defender this winter, particularly after the recent departure of Niall Canavan. But not many of us would have expected that player to come with the requirement of a transfer fee from a fellow League One club.

But that looks like what Lowe and Argyle are at least trying to do. Donacien signed for Ipswich for £750,000 back in 2019, but the move hasn’t worked out. He’s not played a single minute in League One this season, with all of his appearances coming in cup competitions. He has six months remaining on his deal, and it’s not exactly likely he’ll be at Portman Road by the start of next season.

Hence Argyle’s swoop. The East Anglia Daily Times reports that the Pilgrims made a “modest” offer for the player, but this was turned down with Ipswich preferring a loan deal. Accrington are said to be interested in that option. Argyle are not believed to be interested in a loan, but it remains to be seen whether they’ll look to make another permanent approach.

Donacien would be a good signing, and a perfect fit in the right centre back position in Lowe’s system. There’s no reason to doubt the source, so we’ll have to wait and see how this one develops.

Rumour rating: ★★★★

Lowe: Opoku loan extended

14/01/21

Jerome Opoku’s loan at Plymouth Argyle has been extended until the end of the season.

The 22-year-old has filled in at centre back and left wing back this season, and has scored once in his 17 appearances for the Pilgrims thus far.

Lowe confirmed that “he will be with us all season. He was left out of the squad a little bit of late but that’s just because of the numbers and the defenders we had on the bench. He will be with us for the long term because he deserves it. He has been fantastic.”

Following Niall Canavan’s departure yesterday, this news does not come as a surprise.

Source: Plymouth Live

Confirmed: Lewis loaned from Liverpool

14/01/21

Ryan Lowe has used his Liverpool connection to secure the signature of Reds youngster Adam Lewis on loan until the end of the season.

The 21-year-old, who has won caps for England at under-20 level, will wear the number 22 shirt during his stay at Home Park.

Lewis is primarily a left back, so one assumes he will provide Conor Grant with competition for the left wing back role in Lowe’s preferred system. The requirement for that was increased recently with news of George Cooper’s season-curtailing injury.

Source: pafc.co.uk

Rumour: Nottingham Forest eye Jephcott

13/01/21

Rumour: Nottingham Forest have joined the list of clubs looking to sign Plymouth Argyle striker Luke Jephcott

Age: 20

Position: Striker

This season: 14 goals in 21 appearances

Source: The Athletic

Verdict: There may be more to this one than has initially met the eye for some. Many people came across the rumour from it being rehashed by usual suspects EFL Hub and EFL Zone on Twitter, but a look through a comment on the rumour in the Nottingham Post suggests it comes from an article in The Athletic.

The source, therefore, is very much solid. The Athletic article mentions that Forest are “keeping an eye” on Jephcott, but does not mention whether a move is imminent, or even likely,

Obviously plenty of clubs will be “looking” at Jephcott, and whether this interest from Forest or any club turns into a bid remains to be seen. But this is a far more substantial rumour than the one linking Jephcott to Huddersfield ten days ago.

Rumour rating: ★★★

Confirmed: Canavan Leaves

12/01/21

Defender Niall Canavan has departed Plymouth Argyle, signing for Bradford City for an undisclosed fee.

Canavan, 29, joined Argyle in the summer of 2018. He was part of a relegation and a promotion during time at Home Park.

One assumes that, given Argyle are believed to be hunting for a centre back this winter, Canavan’s departure will be used to free up space in the wage budget for an incoming transfer.

Source: pafc.co.uk

Rumour: Huddersfield in for Jephcott

03/01/21

Rumour: Huddersfield Town have “made enquiries” about Plymouth Argyle striker Luke Jephcott

Age: 20

Position: Striker

This season: 14 goals in 20 appearances

Source: Twitter

Verdict: To be honest, I’m only surprised it’s taken this long. Jephcott’s meteoric rise was always going to attract potential Championship suitors, and Argyle’s FA Cup opponents Huddersfield have become the first to be linked. Perhaps they want him out of Argyle for the clash on Saturday!

In all seriousness, I don’t expect this to be the only time Jephcott is linked away this window. In this instance at least, I wouldn’t worry too much. Many came across the rumour when it was put out on Twitter account “HTAFC Statto” this morning, but they were simply quoting the initial source – Twitter account Henry Armstrong. The owner of the account claims to be a sports journalist, but a quick Google search finds no relevant publications under his name. Plus, the account was previously used for racing tips before trying its hand at transfer rumours.

I suspect Huddersfield will have at least a passing interest in Jephcott, particularly after studying him ahead of the game on Saturday. But I’d wait to hear about it from a more reputable source before getting concerned.

Rumour rating: ★★

Rumour: Argyle chase Pennington deal

28/12/20

Rumour: Plymouth Argyle are aiming to sign Everton defender Matthew Pennington this January

Age: 26

Position: Centre back

This season: 0 appearances

Source: Twitter

Verdict: Pennington would be a pretty interesting signing. Big things were expected of him at Everton, particularly after he scored against Liverpool in the Merseyside Derby back in 2017. But he hasn’t really kicked on since. He’s actually only played seven league games for his boyhood club, with his most recent football coming via loan spells at Ipswich and Hull. This season, he’s been playing for Everton’s youngsters in Premier League 2.

It’s no secret that Argyle’s main problems this season have been in defence, and it’s highly likely that Pennington, now aged 26, will be looking for a move of some kind. Adept at right back and centre back, it feels as though he’d be an ideal upgrade on Scott Wootton. With Lowe’s links to the city of Liverpool, you’d think he’s bound to be interested.

Alas, the source on this one isn’t strong. Twitter account “EFL Zone” started this rumour, not to be confused with “EFL Hub” whose rumours we’ve assessed previously, though they carry out a similar role. Both appear to tweet rumours like there’s no tomorrow in the hope they get something right, and both seem to only seem to tweet out accurate information when someone more reliable has already done so.

I’m probably giving this rumour a star more than I ought to, because I’d like to see Pennington become an Argyle player this January. But don’t get your hopes up.

Rumour rating: ★★

Rumour: Lloyd Jones linked with Argyle return

22/12/20

Rumour: Plymouth Argyle are fighting Northampton to sign free agent defender Lloyd Jones

Age: 25

Position: Centre back

This season: 0 appearances

Source: Twitter

Verdict: After “EFL Hub” reared their ugly head yesterday, Alan Nixon has become the latest to tweet a transfer rumour relating to Plymouth Argyle. Gosh, we really are being treated this week.

In all fairness, it’s not right to put Nixon in the same category as random Twitter rumour generators. It’s clear that he at least has some knowledge, even if he himself has been fooled a few times in the past. And it makes his link between Argyle and Jones very interesting. Ryan Lowe, for his part, is believed to be in the market for a centre back, and Jones has already had two spells at Home Park, so who’s to say a third isn’t in the offing?

Whether a deal is actually likely is another matter. Nixon mentions in his tweet that Northampton are the favourites for Jones’ signature, and considering the rumours surrounding the player’s attitude, there have to be questions about whether he’s the sort of man Lowe would want in the dressing room.

Still, this is a sign that Argyle are looking to be active in the forthcoming transfer window if nothing else.

Rumour rating: ★★★

Rumour: Wildig and Holden linked with Argyle

21/12/20

Rumour: Plymouth Argyle are in the hunt to sign Morecambe’s Aaron Wildig and Walsall’s Rory Holden

Age: 28 (Wildig) & 23 (Holden)

Position: Central midfield (Wildig) & Winger (Holden)

This season: 5 goals and 3 assists in 19 appearances (Wildig) & 3 goals and 2 assists in 21 appearances (Holden)

Source: Twitter (Wildig) & Twitter (Holden)

Verdict: “EFL Hub” becoming active on Twitter again is the clearest sign yet that silly season is upon us. The account is only particularly active during transfer windows, and whilst they have got one or two things right over the years, that’s can usually be put down to a broken clock being right twice a day. Plus, when they do get something correct, they’re rarely the first to have reported the rumour.

To my knowledge, no credible account has linked Wildig or Holden to Argyle before today, which already casts a high degree of doubt on the rumours. That’s also combined with the fact that the deals barely seem to make sense in their own right – both remain under contract at their respective clubs, and both are well liked. A fee would no doubt be commanded for each, particularly in the case of Holden, the younger of the two who was a new arrival at Walsall this summer.

The rumours are also far from specific. Wildig in particular seems to have been linked to half of League One in the respective tweets, and Argyle are listed alongside Doncaster and Sunderland as the clubs keen on Holden. This hardly speaks of a source with specific knowledge of where a player will end up, and much more of a source guessing and hoping to get lucky.

Argyle’s January business is likely to revolve around loan signings, and perhaps the occasional look at a trialist or free agent. Paying a fee for players like this, particularly in the current climate, would be a big shock. So whilst we’d never rule anything out completely, don’t get your hopes up on either of these.

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Confirmed: Abraham signs on loan

16/10/20

Plymouth Argyle have completed the signing of Timmy Abraham on loan from Fulham. The player featured in our list of potential loan signings last month, and now joins the club on a loan initially until January.

Timmy, the younger brother of Chelsea striker Tammy, will wear the number 29 shirt during his time at Home Park.

Source: pafc.co.uk

Lowe: Business is done

05/10/20

Ryan Lowe has implied today that Plymouth Argyle’s transfer business is now complete for the transfer window. Whilst it is transfer deadline day in the Premier League today, EFL clubs have until 16th October to finalise any deals.

Speaking about the recent signing of Tyrese Fornah, Lowe certainly seemed to suggest that he saw him as the final piece of the jigsaw. He’s directly quoted as saying “I think in terms of the personnel now that’s us, we won’t do no more business. We are fine with what we have got.” Unless he’s bluffing with some superb double-negative usage, further signings would certainly be a surprise.

This could just be standard managerial bluster, or an attempt to keep any potential arrivals under wraps. However, it’s hard to see exactly where Lowe would look to improve his squad, so it’s safer to assume that Argyle’s next transfer dealings will come in the winter window.

Source: Plymouth Live

Randell joins Torquay on loan

03/10/20

Adam Randell has joined Torquay United on an initial one-month loan.

Randell signs on at Plainmoor to coincide with their forthcoming opening to the season, and departs Argyle following the recent loan move for Tyrese Fornah.

Source: pafc.co.uk

Confirmed: Fornah joins on loan

02/10/20

Plymouth Argyle have today completed the signing of Tyrese Fornah on loan from Nottingham Forest.

The 21-year-old midfielder joins on a season-long deal, and will wear the number 18 shirt at Home Park.

Source: pafc.co.uk

Confirmed: Opoku loaned from Fulham

25/09/20

Plymouth Argyle have signed another defender today, after confirming a deal to bring Jerome Opoku to the club on loan from Premier League side Fulham.

The deal will initially run until January, and the 21-year-old will wear the number 24 shirt at Home Park.

Source: pafc.co.uk

Rumour: Wigan approach Canavan

12/09/2020

Rumour: Wigan have made an approach for Argyle defender Niall Canavan

Age: 29

Position: Centre back

Last season: 2 goals and 1 assist in 39 appearances

Source: Twitter

Verdict: If I could give a rumour half a star, I probably would. The source, TransferCentre9 on Twitter, have been notoriously unreliable for months. Their most high-profile Argyle shout this summer was linking the Greens with Will Buckley. I for one haven’t heard a peep more on that – well, at least after it had Alan Nixon fooled.

The rumour itself also makes no sense. It mentions that Canavan is free to leave Argyle. Why? He’s just signed a new deal, and Sawyer’s injury leaves Argyle with just four recognised defenders. It mentions that Wigan are the team to make an approach. Why? They’ve been torn apart this summer and barely have a pot to…use.

I’d be genuinely shocked if this one went through.

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