Reported Nottingham Forest target Luke Jephcott is “going nowhere” and will remain at Plymouth Argyle until at least the end of the season, Pilgrims boss Ryan Lowe has told Plymouth Live.
When the League One outfit completed a deal to sign Niall Ennis on loan from Wolverhampton Wanderers this week, Plymouth fans could have been forgiven for fearing the worst.
After scoring 15 goals during a brilliant breakthrough season, Jephcott has caught the eye of Championship strugglers Nottingham Forest and, in the eyes of some pessimistic Pigrims, Ennis felt like a ready-made replacement for a soon-to-leave talisman (Athletic).
But the Home Park faithful can sleep a little easier.
Lowe has made it clear Jephcott isn’t about to swap the third tier for the two-time European champions. Not this month anyway.
“Niall has always been on our radar. We wanted to add one more (striker). People might look at it and say ‘Jephcott is going’, but he’s going nowhere,” says Lowe, before repeating himself to emphasise Forest are barking up the wrong tree.
“Luke Jephcott is going nowhere. He’s our player. He’s in fantastic form. He’s doing great.
“We are not in a position where we need to sell. People might be worried because we have brought Niall in and think he’s a replacement for Luke. He’s certainly not.
“I don’t bet so I can’t even say ‘I will bet you anything’, but I have got assurances Luke isn’t going anywhere.”
Home-grown hero Jephcott rose through the ranks at Plymouth and, if he maintains an outstanding run of form in front of goal, could fire his club into play-off contention during the next few months.
“We have got our own valuation of Luke. He’s one of our own,” Lowe adds of a striker who has drawn comparisons with Harry Kane for his ruthless finishing.
“He’s doing a fantastic job, long may that continue. In the future I can’t say whether he would move on.
“But, at this moment in time, Luke Jephcott won’t be going anywhere this season.”