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Confirmed: Opoku loaned from Fulham
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.
Rumour: Wigan approach Canavan
Rumour: Wigan have made an approach for Argyle defender Niall Canavan
Position: Centre back
Last season: 2 goals and 1 assist in 39 appearances
Verdict: If I could give a rumour half a stat, 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.
Rumour rating: ★
Tomlinson loaned to Barnstaple
Ollie Tomlinson has joined Barnstaple Town on an initial one-month loan.
The young defender played in Argyle’s 3-2 defeat to Norwich’s youngsters this week, but will now expect to play regular football in the Southern League Division One South.
Confirmed: Ruddy signs
In perhaps the worst kept secret of the transfer window, Argyle have completed the signing of goalkeeper Jack Ruddy.
Argyle were simply waiting for international clearance to sign the Scottish shot-stopper, who will wear the number 26 shirt at Home Park.
Wilson loaned to Dorchester
Plymouth Argyle youngster Rubin Wilson has signed for Dorchester on an initial three-month loan.
The first-year professional was recently on loan at Plymouth Parkway, and was initially set to join the club again. However, as he is now a professional, the FA’s COVID-19 restrictions mean he cannot be loaned that far down the pyramid. He’ll therefore have the chance to impress at a slightly higher level for the foreseeable future.
Ruddy Confirmation Imminent
Ryan Lowe has confirmed that the signing of Jack Ruddy is imminent, with Plymouth Argyle awaiting international clearance to sign the Scottish goalkeeper.
The 22-year-old is set to sign for the Greens on a deal until January. He’ll be backup to Mike Cooper following an injury to Luke McCormick.
Source: Plymouth Live
Confirmed: Argyle sign Ben Reeves
Plymouth Argyle have confirmed the signing of ex-Milton Keynes midfielder Ben Reeves following a successful trial.
The 28-year-old will wear the number 14 shirt at Home Park.
Rumour: Argyle chase goalkeeper Ruddy
Rumour: Plymouth Argyle are planning a move for goalkeeper Jack Ruddy
Last season: 0 appearances
Verdict: Interesting, and probably true. It’s been mentioned in the press recently that Argyle are looking for another goalkeeper in the wake of an injury to Luke McCormick. Annoying, of course, but McCormick’s shoulder issue shouldn’t detract from his backroom role as Mike Cooper’s mentor.
On the pitch, Cooper will obviously need backup/competition, and Jack Ruddy looks like the prime target. Free agent? Check. Young? Check. Cheap? Check. Heck, Ruddy even had a spell at Bury a few years ago. This one really does tick all the boxes.
Add in the fact that Alan Nixon tweeted this, rather than a random chancer account, and it would appear we’re looking at a deal nearing completion. It isn’t done yet, but in the nicest way possible, Ruddy is unlikely to have interest from bigger clubs than Argyle this summer. He’ll be eager to sign on the dotted line.
Rumour rating: ★★★★
Rumour: Elliot Lee agrees two year deal
Rumour: Elliot Lee has agreed a two-year deal at Plymouth Argyle
Last season: 2 goals in 15 appearances
Verdict: This Twitter account is renowned for generating rumours that don’t even fall into the realm of possibility. This is another. The first reason this is highly unlikely is the fact that the player in question signed a new contract a matter of weeks ago. Although Lee would potentially fit the Ryan Lowe system it is safe to say that is as far as it goes for plausibility with this rumour. Furthermore the Durham born forward has spent the majority of his career in the London/Essex area meaning we can’t even link this rumour to a regional connection.
Not a lot to say on this one apart from the fact that it is highly unlikely we will see Elliot Lee pull on the Plymouth Argyle green this season.
Rumour rating: ★
Miller opts for first-team football
Ryan Lowe has today stated that despite offering something to the Glasgow-born wing-back he opted to look for a club where he would be first-choice. Lowe stated that “we were looking to do something with Calvin but, to be fair to the kid, he wants to play.” After a lengthy period without playing football Miller wanted “to go somewhere where he’s going to be number one. I couldn’t guarantee him number one,” stated Lowe.
However, despite this statement Lowe does state how “we will keep talking away.” Although this is ambiguous it shows that Lowe hasn’t completely closed the door on the potential arrival of the wing-back.
Source: Plymouth Live
Reeves still training with Argyle
During today’s press conference Lowe stated that former MK Dons man Ben Reeves is still training with Plymouth Argyle. Lowe stated how he has been impressed with the midfielder and noted “we will monitor him today (Thursday) and tomorrow, and we will see what we can do with that.” Lowe has been impressed with Reeves’ ability and states that he has “to make sure that the agreement is right for not just Ben but for the football club.”
Lowe stated during the press conference that “we are fine with the budget” and that one or two may go.
Ben Reeves featured as a trialist during Plymouth Argyle’s pre-season victory against Forest Green Rovers.
Source: Plymouth Live
Confirmed: Cooper joins Plymouth Argyle
Plymouth Argyle have confirmed the signing of George Cooper for an undisclosed fee on a three-year deal.
The winger turned wing-back scored three goals and notched twelve assists in 27 appearances on loan last season.
Rumour: Cooper in Plymouth for talks with Lowe
Rumour: George Cooper is in Plymouth partaking in talks ahead of a move to Home Park
Last season: 31 apps, 3 goals, 12 assists
Verdict: The news we’ve all been waiting for: George Cooper has arrived in Plymouth ahead of talks to join up with Ryan Lowe’s squad prior to the start of the 2020/21 season. Cooper was a revelation for Plymouth Argyle last season and it has been widely reported all summer that Lowe had maintained a keen interest in the Peterborough United player.
Although Plymouth Live have not detailed their source, it is very rare that the local news outlet would claim to know something if it wasn’t true; their reputation as a reliable outlet has stemmed from their limited reporting on rumours. The Herald is also a good source due to their relationship with Argyle – they wouldn’t want to publish anything in order to harm their connection with the club.
However, with every rumour we need to dissect it effectively. The stem of this report appears to come from Pasoti and reliable poster pafc_casual whom claims that photos have been taken at Home Park this morning ahead of a permanent transfer although he does not detail who is the proposed incoming. Although this poster does get the occasional thing wrong his success rate ranks him one of the best in the realm of Argyle rumours.
Rumour rating: ★★★★★
Lowe set for Cooper call
After today’s friendly against Middlesbrough, Ryan Lowe confirmed that he still has hopes of bringing George Cooper back to Home Park following a missed phone call from Peterborough’s Director of Football Barry Fry.
Given the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, Lowe confirmed that the chances of Argyle paying any kind of fee for Cooper are slim at best. That said, if the Posh are unable to shift Cooper on a permanent transfer, there is no doubt that the greens will be in for a loan deal.
Lowe said: “We have said all along we can’t afford George Cooper. I have actually had a missed call off Barry Fry so I do need to call him back. We love George – we have said that numerous times. I can’t keep saying it, my family will be thinking I love him more than I love them, so I need to be careful!” Fans will be keeping everything crossed for a positive outcome from Lowe’s call back.
Source: The Herald
Page turns down Argyle deal
Speaking to Chris Errington, Ryan Lowe has confirmed that Lewis Page has turned down the offer of a short-term contract at Plymouth Argyle. The ex-Charlton player had been on trial with the Greens, but couldn’t strike an agreement with Lowe to keep him around on a permanent basis.
As we reported yesterday, Page has been offered a deal by another club, which in all likelihood is on better terms than Argyle were prepared to offer. That may well have had an impact on Page’s decision, and could also suggest that Lowe prefers the look of Calvin Miller, who is still on trial at the club.
Page receives offer from separate club
Our sources understand that Lewis Page has received a good contract offer from another club whilst he had been on trial at Plymouth Argyle. Which club that is and whether Page will take it unfortunately remains unclear, but it’s a clear sign that Argyle will not necessarily have everything their own way if they do indeed intend to sign the player.
Argyle, for their part, are unlikely to offer Page any sort of deal at least until after the friendly against Middlesbrough, if at all. The ease with which another club have swooped in with an offer for Page may well suggest they prefer the look of fellow trialist Calvin Miller. Indeed, Alan Nixon mentioned on Twitter this weekend that Argyle were keen to strike a deal, though that could just be him catching up with the news that he was on trial fairly late. It could also suggest that Argyle have been encouraged in their pursuit of former loanee George Cooper after we had confirmation he is available today.
Whatever the case may be, we’ll certainly be watching these developments closely.
Confirmed: Watts signs on loan
Plymouth Argyle have now confirmed the signing of versatile defender Kelland Watts.
The 20-year-old, who spent last season on loan at both Stevenage and Mansfield, comes to Home Park on a season-long loan from Newcastle. He’ll be Argyle’s number 2 this season.
George Cooper "available for transfer"
George Cooper is understood to be available for transfer this summer, following comments from Peterborough owner Darragh MacAnthony today. Peterborough’s signing of Ryan Broom in the same position seems to have triggered the position, and it seems certain that Cooper will be leaving Posh this summer.
Despite the obvious connotations, that doesn’t necessarily mean that he’ll be making a return to Home Park for the coming season. Our sources suggest that Northampton and Swindon, also promoted from League Two last term, are interested in the player alongside Argyle. The Greens will undoubtedly hold an interest in the player, but this saga has a little way to run just yet.
Rumour: Argyle set to complete Watts loan
Rumour: Plymouth Argyle are set to complete a loan deal for Newcastle defender Kelland Watts
Position: Centre back
Last season: 1 goal in 30 appearances
Verdict: Looking good, this. Pete O’Rourke, who has tweeted out this information, is generally reliable. When he doesn’t quite know what’s going to happen, he likes to link a player to a fair few clubs in the hope a move pays off, but here there is no ambiguity. O’Rourke says, simply, that Watts is set to join Argyle.
He’d be a very astute addition. Watts spent last season on loan at Stevenage in the first half of the season, and Mansfield before the campaign was curtailed. He looks ready now to take the step up to League One level, and would slot in nicely at Home Park. As a left footed centre back, he’s likely to be able to provide strong competition for Gary Sawyer, and perhaps usurp the veteran as the season progresses. If not, Watts also has the versatility to play across the back line, and in a central midfield position.
Everything about this deal makes sense. Don’t be surprised to see it announced in the coming days.
Rumour rating: ★★★★★
Rumour: Peterborough have Jephcott bid accepted
Rumour: Peterborough United have had an offer accepted for Plymouth Argyle striker Luke Jephcott
Last season: 7 goals in 14 appearances
Verdict: This would be a strange one. OK, Jephcott is exactly the sort of player we are used to seeing Peterborough sign. However, there are plenty of question marks surrounding this potential deal that’s it’s very hard to consider this rumour credible.
First, and probably foremost, the source is highly questionable. @TransferCentre9 on Twitter has a success rate that can probably be put somewhere in between “poor” and “awful”. They have, however, built up a following of over 6000 by tweeting rumours, generally because they do it regularly rather than because of any reliability. That number of followers does seem to feign credibility at times. They linked Will Buckley to Argyle recently, which doesn’t seem to have got off the ground, but it even had Alan Nixon fooled for a brief period of time.
Additionally, the deal wouldn’t seem to make any sense. If Peterborough really wanted him, surely they’d have made a move when he was out of contract at the end of the season, rather than wait to make a presumably sizeable bid? No – something isn’t quite right with this one.
You can never say never with a transfer rumour, but this would come as a huge shock.
Rumour rating: ★
Confirmed: Argyle sign MacLeod
Lewis MacLeod has become Argyle’s latest summer signing. He joins following a spell with Wigan in the Championship, where he played 12 times last season in a campaign ravaged by injury.
MacLeod only emerged as an Argyle target today, but he has clearly been on Argyle’s radar for a little while, and the deal has now been made official.
He’ll wear the number 16 shirt at Home Park.
Rumour: Argyle keen on midfielder MacLeod
Rumour: Plymouth Argyle are “keen” on signing Wigan midfielder Lewis MacLeod
Position: Central midfield
Last season: 12 appearances
Verdict: This rumour in its own right is fairly solid. Alan Nixon would hardly make a link like this, with no prior rumblings, without having some sort of information to back it up. One would suspect that talks of some kind have taken place between the club and the player, particularly as he is available for free.
Would he be a good addition? Possibly. But only if he can stay injury free. His best full seasons so far have come in the Scottish Championship, which is hardly inspiring. However, he has shown promise in the past in a very good Brentford side before injury struck. He also had a decent spell of football between October and December for Wigan last season, but made just one more start of the rest of the campaign. He lasted four minutes on that occasion.
He’s a player who is clearly talented, but signing him would undoubtedly be a risk. At this stage at least, it looks like a risk Ryan Lowe is prepared to take.
Rumour rating: ★★★★
Rumour: Argyle interested in Jones return
Rumour: Plymouth Argyle are interested in bringing defender Lloyd Jones back to the club
Position: Centre back
Last season: 1 goal in 15 appearances
Verdict: Lloyd Jones is a transfer that would make a lot of sense. In fact, we listed him as one of ten potential free agent signings at centre back Argyle could make in this window. He’s already had two spells at Argyle, coming through the academy before joining the Greens again on loan from Luton in 2019. Now released by the Hatters, a return to Home Park would seem to be the logical next step.
So is it likely? It’s hard to say, particularly with the source of the rumour being very mysterious. It was tweeted out earlier today by Matthew Stevens, who claims to be a former journalist for the Telegraph, Bristol Live and Birmingham Live. He might be, but just because he claims it, it doesn’t mean it’s true. Indeed, searching his name combined with those publications doesn’t seem to produce any results for his writing…
This is a tricky one to assess because there is so much to suggest that the deal will happen despite the dodgy source. If Argyle are interested in the player, surely the player will be interested in Argyle? Watch this space.
Rumour rating: ★★★
Rumour: Argyle chase Callum Morton loan
Rumour: Plymouth Argyle are one of a number of clubs keen on signing Callum Morton on loan
Last season: 9 goals and 1 assist in 15 appearances
Verdict: It’s rare to see a rumour appear from a Twitter account with over 5000 followers that we’ve barely heard from before. Perhaps that’s blissful ignorance on our part, but EFL Zone, who have put the rumour out there today, haven’t appeared on our radar before. Whilst that doesn’t necessarily mean anything in isolation, upon further inspection it’s hard to give them any credibility.
EFL Zone seem to hedge their bets when it comes to sharing rumours. This is by either sharing what has already been alluded to on social media to feign insider knowledge, or linking a player to a number of clubs in the hope of one of them making the move happen. It’s the latter happening here – in the tweet and resulting replies, Morton is linked to Rochdale, Northampton, Lincoln, Doncaster and Fleetwood alongside Argyle.
Morton would seem to be an ideal signing for Argyle. He had a storming time on loan at Northampton at the back end of last season, scoring 8 times in 12 appearances, and making a huge impact in the Cobblers’ successful play-off campaign. He’d round off Argyle’s attack nicely if Lowe opts against signing one of the available free agents. There’s every chance Argyle are at least keen on the player, but it’s another one of those where we’d like to hear something from a more reliable source before we’re interested.
Rumour rating: ★★
Rumour: Argyle interested in Marcus Maddison
Rumour: Plymouth Argyle have contacted ex-Peterborough midfielder Marcus Maddison ahead of a potential transfer
Position: Attacking midfielder
Last season: 11 goals and 8 assists in 33 appearances
Verdict: Interesting one this. Argyle and Maddison have clashed a few times in the past, but there’s no doubting his ability. He’s pulled the strings for Peterborough for many years, and spent the latter half of last season in the Championship with Hull City. One can only assume that Posh’s decision to release him was purely financial.
We actually looked into Maddison as part of our investigation into the free agents available to Argyle in attacking midfield this summer. Following Peterborough’s decision to release him, he has spoken of his frustration at not receiving many offers, and last week played for a local non-league side in an attempt to keep his fitness levels high. Clearly, that should put Argyle on alert.
And it seems that Twitter account @AllArgyleRumours has had the same idea, mentioning that Argyle had made contact yesterday evening. Now, this is an account that hasn’t tweeted much, and has in the past linked Argyle with Bradley Wright-Phillips, Jamie Reid and Shay McCartan, with a success rate thus far of 0%. They appear to be putting two and two together with Maddison with about as much insider knowledge as ourselves, which we’re more than happy to concede is nothing.
So, don’t get excited about Maddison just yet. Let’s wait and see if a reliable source piles in with their thoughts.
Rumour rating: ★★
Confirmed: Panutche Camara signs
Panutche Camara has become Argyle’s fourth signing of the transfer window.
The 23-year-old central midfielder joins from Crawley Town, and will wear the number 28 shirt at Home Park.
Rumour: Argyle agree deal with Will Buckley
Rumour: The midfielder Plymouth Argyle have agreed a deal with today may be Will Buckley
Last season: 1 assist in 6 appearances
Verdict: There’s surprisingly a lot here to unpack. Things on this one kicked off earlier today when Ryan Lowe was quoted in Plymouth Live as confirming that Argyle had agreed a deal with a midfielder. However, with the deal yet to be rubber stamped, Lowe was unwilling to reveal the identity of the mystery new signing. And so, quite naturally, the rumour mill clicked into gear.
The situation led to Alan Nixon, a true titan of the transfer window, getting involved. When asked who the new Argyle signing could me, Nixon mentioned that he had heard “whispers” of interest in Buckley, and suggested the speculation could surround him.
But could it be true? Of course, it’s hard to say for sure, but there’s plenty more to this than meets the eye. When describing the player, Lowe mentioned that he was an “exciting prospect”, which is unlikely to be a fitting description for a player who will turn 31 this year. Furthermore, it would be interesting to say the least to see Buckley, a player predominantly used as a winger or a forward across his career, signed to play in midfield.
The believability of this rumour probably surrounds on the content of the “whisper” Nixon refers to. A link between Argyle and Buckley was first made on Twitter by @TransferCentre9 five days ago. It’s your standard know-nothing transfer window account, and if that’s what Nixon means we can probably shut this one down straight away. But if he’s heard something else, perhaps we ought to pay attention to this one.
Rumour rating: ★★★
Lewis Page on trial with Argyle
Lewis Page is on trial at Plymouth Argyle. The left back, who has been released by Charlton Athletic, will play against Plymouth Parkway at the weekend, and is likely to be considered as a replacement for Callum McFadzean.
The 24-year-old, who scored a wonder goal against Argyle two years ago, has had a career ravaged by injury. He’s not played a competitive game since late 2018, so a trial makes perfect sense for all parties. It’ll certainly be interesting to see how he performs on Saturday, and whether or not Ryan Lowe decides to make his move permanent.
Source: Plymouth Live
Confirmed: Argyle sign Frank Nouble
In a deal that has flown under the radar, Plymouth Argyle have completed the free transfer of 28-year-old striker Frank Nouble.
Nouble joins having left Colchester following their defeat in the League Two play-offs in June. He’ll wear the number 7 shirt at Home Park.
Rumour: Argyle join Pearce race
Rumour: Plymouth Argyle are one of a number of clubs interested in Krystian Pearce
Position: Centre Back
Last season: 3 goals and 1 assist in 31 appearances
Verdict: Ah, EFL Hub, we meet again. A footballing account that comes to life in transfer windows to post the flimsiest of rumours imaginable. We have to take our hat off to them – in doing so they’ve managed to amass a social media following that is creeping ever closer to 10,000. It goes without saying that this is through whipping followers up into a frenzy rather than any additional insider knowledge.
What EFL Hub are very good at is posting rumours that have already been hinted at elsewhere. It means if they do happen, they are able to point people towards it and improve their ‘credibility’. And it works – EFL Hub can count the likes of Chris Errington and Simon Hallett amongst their followers.
Here, they’ve stuck their neck on the line even further by reporting the latest Pearce rumours as “exclusive” – and indeed we cannot find anything linking Pearce to Argyle elsewhere. You could say, therefore, that they are taking a bit of a risk, but they have mitigated that by linking Pearce to a number of potential suitors. Included on that list so far are Argyle, Notts County, Morecambe, Cheltenham, Bolton, Northampton and Port Vale. Link a player to so many clubs, and you increase the likelihood of him joining one of them.
But, even though I’ve said all of that, we shouldn’t rule out a Pearce deal just yet. He is a vastly experienced defender at League Two level, and has also made over 100 appearances in League One. He is indeed the sort of option Argyle may be looking for in this truncated transfer window. We could give EFL Hub the benefit of the doubt and suggest that maybe – just maybe – they have heard something to go to the lengths of making this one exclusive.
I wouldn’t hold your breath.
Rumour rating: ★★
Lowe retains Bakinson interest
In a press conference today, Ryan Lowe discussed the possibility of bringing Tyreeq Bakinson back to Plymouth Argyle on loan from Bristol City. Bakinson scored two goals, and assisted two more, after joining the club on loan in the January transfer window. He appeared to be flagging a little before the season was suspended, but had nonetheless done enough to make an impression on the Green Army.
Lowe confirmed today that he “100%” has interest in bringing Bakinson back to the club ahead of Argyle’s League One campaign. However, he stressed that a deal couldn’t be sorted in the immediate future due to the managerial status at Ashton Gate, mentioning that “we have to respect the circumstances of the situation Bristol City are in at the moment.”
One suspects the wheels could be set in motion on this deal once Bristol City begin their own preparations for 2020/21. It’s certainly one to keep an eye on.
Source: Plymouth Live
Rumour: Argyle share Caprice interest
Rumour: Plymouth Argyle are one of a few clubs looking to sign Jake Caprice
Position: Full back/wing back
Last season: 3 assists in 28 appearances
Verdict: There’s plenty to unpack here. Caprice isn’t the sort of player you’d expect Argyle to be linked with given Ryan Lowe’s style – he’s very much been played as a right full back for most of last season, though appearances at right midfield suggest he could act as a wing back in Lowe’s 3-1-4-2. That being said, his relative lack of goals and assists may call that into question.
There are some more oddities to unpack with the rumour itself. It’s suggested that Argyle are looking to sign the player alongside Blackpool, though League Two Exeter City are believed to be leading the race. That would seem a little odd – if the player is willing to move from Tranmere to the south west, surely he’d prefer to play at a higher level, and in all likelihood earn a higher wage, at Home Park. A Blackpool move would be easier to explain; an Exeter move with Argyle interested would be unfathomable.
As if there wasn’t enough confusion with this rumour already, the source is also fairly unpredictable. Many Argyle fans came across the rumour from a tweet from @FBL72, but the source can be traced to an exclusive from TEAMtalk, who we haven’t heard much from in the past. They appear to be a part of the Planet Football network, and one would expect if they are reporting on football in the lower tiers, they must have some sort of knowledge that makes it worth their while. They are, however, very much untested as a source.
We’ll see. This one seems unlikely, but not impossible.
Rumour rating: ★★
McFadzean to leave Argyle
Plymouth Argyle have today announced the departure of wing-back Callum McFadzean. He spent a solitary season with the Pilgrims.
The 26-year-old was offered a new contract by Ryan Lowe, but has taken the decision to move on and be closer to home.
Rumour: Argyle back in for George Cooper
Rumour: Plymouth Argyle are in talks to bring George Cooper back to Home Park
Position: Wing back/Midfield
Last season: 3 goals and 12 assists in 31 appearances
Verdict: Two players have already made a return to Argyle this week, but this deal would be the most remarkable of the lot. George Cooper sponsored by Argyle Life, to give him his full title, looked certain to stay at Peterborough following the expiry of his loan spell with the Greens. As we reported back in June, Posh owner Darragh MacAnthony said there was “no chance” of Cooper making a Home Park return.
But could he have a change of heart? That was certainly what was implied by PASOTI poster pafc_casual earlier today. We have to give Mr/Ms Casual credit – this poster mentioned earlier this week that Luke McCormick and Ryan Hardie were set to be announced as incoming signings, and of course this has now occurred. Today, pafc_casual posed a simple question: “how would you all feel if I was to tell you that we are in talks to bring back a certain George Cooper?”
It’s certainly an exciting prospect, though we shouldn’t get carried away for now. The poster may well be correct again – it’s not certain, but we’ll certainly give pafc_casual the benefit of the doubt after a successful week. However, even if that is the case, it’s only talks that are referred to. There’s no suggestion of a deal being imminent, or even likely. As with many of these rumours, we’ll have to wait and see.
Rumour rating: ★★★
Confirmed: Hardie rejoins
Ryan Hardie has become the second player this week to rejoin Plymouth Argyle. The Scottish striker has joined the Greens on another loan deal from Blackpool for the entirety of the 2020/21 season.
The 23-year-old scored seven goals for Argyle last season having joined on loan in January, and will no doubt hope to hit the ground running at Home Park in League One.
Confirmed: McCormick Signs
Luke McCormick has signed for Plymouth Argyle for the third time, as Ryan Lowe makes him the Greens’ first signing of the summer.
The goalkeeper joins the club following the expiry of his contract at Swindon Town, and Ryan Lowe expressed his satisfaction with the deal, mentioning that he feels “Luke will provide good competition with Mike Cooper for the first-team position.”
Update: "Big chance" of Hardie loan deal
Rumour: Plymouth Argyle have a “big chance” of bringing Ryan Hardie back to the club on loan
Last season: 8 goals in 25 appearances
Verdict: In truth, this acts as an update on the news we all saw on Sunday morning, rather than a new rumour. Alan Nixon was the subject of the tweet then, and he’s added some additional information today.
It would appear that Argyle’s pursuit of the player will be for a loan deal rather than any permanent transfer, at least for now. That could suggest that reports of a £200,000 fee being involved in Hardie’s transfer are wide of the mark, but that doesn’t mean it won’t have an impact in the future.
There is a school of thought that a deal will look similar to that of George Cooper, with a loan sorted now and a potential future fee involved around the £200,000 figure further down the line. Argyle may well have been put off from buying straight away due to the current COVID situation.
Regardless of how the deal eventually looks, today’s update certainly makes it feel a step closer. It’s not a done deal yet, but this is undeniably good news.
Rumour rating: ★★★★
Rumour: Luke McCormick could make Argyle return
Rumour: Plymouth Argyle are looking to re-sign veteran goalkeeper Luke McCormick
Last season: 3 clean sheets in 15 appearances
Source: Twitter and PASOTI
Verdict: This is a very interesting rumour that has only popped up across the last couple of days. The Twitter rumour mill was sent spiralling by a since deleted tweet from Argyle fan Ben Dixon, whose avatar on the platform is a photo of himself alongside McCormick and Gary Sawyer. His tweet of “one more year” led some to suggest that McCormick was set for a sensational return to Home Park, but the rumour seemed to be killed later on when Dixon mentioned that he was simply referring to the renewal of his season ticket.
However, things have sprung back to life this morning. This is because “pafc_casual” on PASOTI mentioned that they’ve heard that McCormick’s signature will be announced soon, alongside that of Ryan Hardie who we reported on two days ago. This would usually be dismissed as guesswork, but the poster has generally been one of the more reliable ones over recent years. However, we must note that a good source is not necessarily an infallible source.
McCormick rejoining would come as a shock, but it wouldn’t be a crazy move by any stretch of the imagination. If Mike Cooper is to be Argyle’s first choice between the sticks next season, who better to provide backup and mentor him than a player who has made over 300 appearances across two spells with the Greens? McCormick will be 37 next month too, so is more likely to accept life as a backup option, and perhaps a cheaper contract.
As for the likelihood of the transfer? Well, the sources here are good, but not perfect. We’ll have to wait and see whether anything develops.
Rumour rating: ★★★
Rumour: Argyle close to Hardie deal
Rumour: Plymouth Argyle are closing in on a deal to sign Blackpool’s Ryan Hardie
Last season: 8 goals in 25 appearances
Verdict: Looking good this one. Alan Nixon doesn’t get everything right, but he’s far more reliable than many of the chancers we see running EFL rumour accounts on Twitter. He mentions that Argyle “had an issue” closing the deal, which perhaps explains why there has been a short delay following Lowe’s expression of interest earlier this month. However, it would appear that the path is clear now for the deal to go ahead.
The transfer would make complete sense. Argyle had an issue with their strikers finding the back of the net before January, but Hardie’s arrival and Luke Jephcott’s return sparked an upturn in fortunes. Seven of Hardie’s eight goals in the entirety of last season came whilst playing for Argyle, and closing this deal would be a big step in the Greens’ preparations for the League One campaign.
Rumour rating: ★★★★
Lowe retains interest in last season's loanees
At a press conference today, Plymouth Argyle manager Ryan Lowe mentioned that he would be interested in signing players who were on loan at Home Park last season once more. In some cases, he has even stated that he is already in active talks in order to make moves happen.
Ryan Hardie: This is most prominently the case with Hardie, whose pace and ability to find the net ultimately proved to be the final piece of the Argyle jigsaw last season. Lowe mentioned that “we are in discussions to try and potentially do something but whether we can or not remains to be seen.” It’s a clear suggestion that interest in completing a deal is at the forefront of the Argyle manager’s mind.
George Cooper: Lowe also retains an interest in bringing Cooper back to Home Park for the 2020/21 campaign, but this one looks as though it’ll be a little trickier to pull off. On the topic of last season’s assist king, Lowe said “George loved it here, he would love to play for us, but he’s contracted to Peterborough United. It’s up to them what they want to do with him.” An obvious statement, perhaps, but very much a message to Posh that any potential deal for Cooper relies on them; Lowe mentioned he wouldn’t be interested in a deal for “silly money”.
Tyreeq Bakinson: Lowe has also been making moves on this front. Bakinson is now back at Bristol City, but Argyle’s manager has certainly retained contact with his City counterpart Lee Johnson. Lowe stated that he “spoke to Lee to wish them all the best in the next nine games” and the topic of Bakinson sprung up. Ulterior motives indeed, and no doubt a statement of interest in making another move for the midfielder.
Josh Grant: Very much unlikely to be in Green next season. Lowe didn’t mention him specifically, but he’s widely believed to be on the verge of signing for Bristol Rovers. A deal could be announced at any moment.
Alex Palmer: A tricky one to assess. Palmer signed a three-year contract extension with West Bromwich Albion last month, so clearly a permanent transfer is out of the question. The Baggies look to be on the verge of Premier League promotion, however, and despite how good Palmer has been over the last 12 months, a top flight berth seems a little bit of a stretch. Lowe said he could “see him on the bench in the Premier League next season”, but equally that he would “potentially go out loan again and maybe (in) League One”. Argyle would certainly be interested if he did.
Source: Plymouth Live
New contract: Scott Wootton
The Plymouth Argyle contract conveyer belt is continuing to run. Scott Wootton has become the latest player to commit his future to the Pilgrims.
The 28-year-old centre back put the disappointment of 2018/19 behind him to contribute to Argyle’s promotion last term. He’s another who will no doubt be looking forward to a second shot at League One with the Greens.
Meanwhile, from this month’s retained list, only Callum McFadzean and Jarvis Cleal have yet to have had their futures confirmed.
New contract: Conor Grant
Another day has gone by, and another player has put pen to paper on a new deal at Plymouth Argyle.
This time it’s Conor Grant who has committed his future to the Home Park club. The 25-year-old was a bit-part player in the 2019/20 campaign. It will therefore be interesting to see how he’ll fare in the new campaign in League One, particularly after the departure of Antoni Sarcevic. His versatility may well have persuaded manager Ryan Lowe to offer him an extension.
New Contract: Niall Canavan
Plymouth Argyle’s squad for the 2020/21 campaign is beginning to come together. Niall Canavan has become the latest player to sign his contract extension at Home Park.
The defender, 29, was an ever-present in the league for Argyle since mid-October, and will no doubt be looking forward to another shot at League One.
New Contract: Luke Jephcott
Important news came out of Plymouth Argyle today as Luke Jephcott signed his new deal.
The 20-year-old burst onto the scene last season, with a number of crucial goals contributing to Argyle’s eventual promotion. He’ll be around for the 2020/21 season.
New contracts for young trio
A trio of Plymouth Argyle acamdemy graduated have signed new contracts at Home Park.
Adam Randell, Klaidi Lolos and Ryan Law have become the latest players to confirm their commitment to Argyle’s 2020/21 campaign in League One.
Rumour: Argyle chase Jamie Reid
Rumour: Plymouth Argyle are one of a trio of League One clubs looking to sign Torquay’s Jamie Reid
Last season: 18 goals and 2 assists in 33 appearances
Verdict: First of all, isn’t it nice to see Argyle listed amongst League One clubs again? It makes this most bizarre of promotions feel just a little more real.
The link to Jamie Reid is an interesting one. The source in question, namely EFL Hub on Twitter, is slightly questionable. It’s an account that posts updates in peaks and troughs, with most activity coming in transfer windows. Some may say that’s because it’s when their insider transfer knowledge is most valuable, whilst cynics would argue that this is just somebody trying to garner attention when transfer news is most sought after. Make up your own minds.
Any suggestion that they have received additional inside knowledge on Reid at this time, however, is a bit of a stretch. Today they’ve mentioned that Argyle are after the player alongside Bristol Rovers and Accrington, but a tweet from the same account back in May linked him to Rovers, Exeter, Luton and Huddersfield. It looks much more like a scattergun approach to reporting, rather than bringing forward anything concrete.
That being said, Reid will certainly be looking for a new club this summer after turning down a new deal at Torquay, and Argyle could be good candidates. It’s understood that manager Ryan Lowe was spotted watching him last season, and Argyle will certainly need a striker if they are unable to sign Ryan Hardie back next season. Location could also be a beneficial factor in any potential transfer.
Frankly, it would be a surprise if Argyle were not interested in the player, but it’s probably worth waiting for a more reliable source to report it before getting excited.
Rumour rating: ★★
Update: Sarcevic confirms departure
Following on from Ryan Lowe’s comments to the media this afternoon, Antoni Sarcevic has confirmed his Argyle departure with a goodbye message on social media.
In the message, he took the opportunity to thank Lowe, as well as previous manager Derek Adams who brought him to the club. He appreciated that some would have their own views on his decision, but that the majority would understand, and concluded by thanking the Green Army for their support over the last three-and-a-half years.
Any lingering doubts about Sarcevic’s status can now be put to bed.
Lowe announces Sarcevic departure
Antoni Sarcevic’s departure from Plymouth Argyle appears all but certain, following Ryan Lowe’s comments on the club website today.
It was reported that “Sarcevic has confirmed he will not be taking up the Greens’ offer of a new deal.”
Lowe is quoted as saying “we respect Sarce’s decision – it was a family decision. He wanted to get back closer to home, and we can understand that.
“It would not have been an easy choice for him to make. We thank Sarce for the impact he had at the club, and we wish him all the best moving forward. As I have always said – if you choose move on, no problem – that’s football.”
His club for next season appears uncertain – Salford have clearly always been interested – but it definitely won’t be Argyle.
Sawyer signs new deal
Gary Sawyer has become the first players of those offered new contracts to put pen to paper and commit his future to Plymouth Argyle.
The long-serving club captain, who turns 35 next month, will extend his stay at Home Park beyond the end of this curtailed season. Sitting on 297 appearances, there’s every chance he will pass the 300 mark during the forthcoming campaign.
Cooper likely to stay at Peterborough
George Cooper, who spent much of the 2019/20 season on loan at Plymouth Argyle, does not look set to return.
The midfielder, who spent most of his time on the left wing, was one of Argyle’s players of the season, and that appears to have caught the attention of his parent club. When asked about Cooper, Peterborough owner Darragh MacAnthony confirmed he was in Posh’s first team plans for next season, adding that there was no chance of the player returning to Home Park.
Retained List Announced
Plymouth Argyle have announced their retained list following the curtailment of the 2019/20 League Two season.
The main headlines are that Danny Mayor has been retained for another year, and contracts have been offered to ten players including player of the season Antoni Sarcevic and captain Gary Sawyer.
List in full:
Under contract: Will Aimson, Michael Cooper, Joe Edwards, Byron Moore, Dom Telford
Extension Triggered: Danny Mayor
Offered new contract: Niall Canavan, Conor Grant, Luke Jephcott, Ryan Law, Klaidi Lolos, Callum McFadzean, Adam Randell, Antoni Sarcevic, Gary Sawyer, Scott Wootton
Released: Alex Fletcher, Joel Grant, Tafari Moore, Michael Peck, Tom Purrington, Ryan Taylor