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Owls reportedly rival Stoke City in bid to sign £3.5m League One talent

According to The Sun, Sheffield Wednesday are rivalling Stoke City and Derby County in the race to sign Plymouth Argyle striker Luke Jephcott.

The Plymouth striker is making headlines this season having scored 18 goals to date.

Speaking during the January transfer window, Plymouth boss Ryan Lowe claimed interest in his striker was inevitable but warned against clubs coming in for him.

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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 become even better.

The Sun claim he is attracting a host of Championship interest with as many as seven clubs keen including both Stoke City and Sheffield Wednesday.

The Owls have struggled for goals this season, scoring just 21 in 28 league games.

Josh Windass has often played out of position to lead the line, while summer signing Callum Paterson has often struggled with niggling injuries restricting his game-time.

Jordan Rhodes is also out of contract at the end of the season.

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Wednesday have not only missed goals, but also a focal point upfront. The exit of Steven Fletcher last summer, ironically to Stoke, left a void they have yet to fill.

Jephcott, standing at 5ft 10inch, isn’t the tallest of strikers but he is useful with his back to goal. He can shield the ball and help bring others into play.

Plymouth boss Lowe dubbed him the hottest property back in the country back in December, and a move up the ladder this summer seems somewhat inevitable.

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