Plymouth Argyle manager Ryan Lowe has rubbished reports claiming Sheffield Wednesday are interested in signing striker Luke Jephcott, Plymouth Herald report.
According to The Sun, the Owls and Stoke City are among several Championship clubs keen on signing the Plymouth striker who has shone in League One this season.
Jephcott has been making headlines after scoring 18 goals already this term.
Lowe dubbed him the hottest property back in the country back in December, and a move up to the Championship is somewhat of a likely scenario this coming summer.
But Lowe has been quick to dismiss interest from the Owls, claiming he knows caretaker boss Neil Thompson well and would expect a phone call if that was the case.
“I would like to think Wayne Rooney would speak to Neil Dewsnip if he was interested in Luke Jephcott. He hasn’t rang him. And I would like to think a member of staff from Sheffield Wednesday, and I know Thommo (Neil Thompson), who is the caretaker manager now, would ring me if they were interested. So to answer your question, it’s a load of bull, whoever it is coming from,” Lowe explained.
The Plymouth Herald quote Lowe as valuing Jephcott at £3.5 million.
Jephcott is on course to become Plymouth’s leading scorer for over a decade and at just 20 years of age he has plenty of potential to improve further.
The Owls have been among the lowest scorers in the Championship this season.
Steven Fletcher’s departure last summer left a void, while Callum Paterson has struggled with niggling injuries this term leaving the Owls short on presence up top.
Jordan Rhodes is out of contract in the summer, and Jack Marriott will return to Derby County after his loan. A new striker will be a top priority come the end of the season.
But if the Owls have any intention to sign Jephcott, staying up is imperative. Wednesday are currently in the bottom three after their midweek defeat at Stoke City.
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