Plymouth Argyle boss responds to speculation linking Ben Purrington with Aston Villa, Sheffield Wednesday move

Ben Purrington (C) celebrates with team mates after scoring the second goal for Plymouth

A report in the Daily Mail this week claimed interest in Purrington from Aston Villa and Sheffield Wednesday, among others.

Plymouth Argyle manager Derek Adams has brushed off the speculation linking Ben Purrington with a move away from Home Park as exactly that.

The Daily Mail reported on Tuesday that a string of Championship clubs - notably Aston Villa and Sheffield Wednesday - are tracking Purrington, whose contract expires in June 2017.

Plymouth's Ben Purrington applauds the fans after the match

However, Adams has since told the Plymouth Herald that the Pilgrims are yet to receive contact from any club regarding the 20-year-old left back.

"We haven't heard anything from any clubs," he said. "It's obviously speculation.

"These clubs track a lot of players. Ben is 20 years of age and has good experience of playing at left-back.

"He had played 15 games on the trot here before his injury and made a good number of appearances for the club at such a young age. I'm sure there will be interest in him."

Plymouth Argyle's Derek Adams in action with Crewe Alexandra's Steve DavisPlymouth boss Adams (right)

Adams, whose side remain on course for promotion to League One, went on to explain how the speculation can be viewed in a positive light.

"It can help young players," he added. "I think it shows that if they go in and do well in the first team then people are watching.

"It's good for Ben that his development is progressing at the football club and people are noticing him."

New Aston Villa manager Steve Bruce during the press conferenceVilla boss Bruce

New Aston Villa boss Steve Bruce is reportedly keen to strengthen in Purrington's position this winter, while Wednesday have preferred to use Adam Reach there of late, despite him being a natural winger.

The Owls signed free agent Urby Emanuelson in September, but the Dutchman was short of fitness and is yet to appear for Carlos Carvalhal's side.

Exeter-born Purrington has made 58 career appearances to date and would likely be viewed as one for the future by both clubs, with Jordan Amavi and Daniel Pudil establishing themselves as first picks at Villa Park and Hillsborough respectively, when fit.

Urby Emanuelson - FulhamWednesday's Emanuelson

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