League One side Plymouth Argyle have told interested parties that they must pay the £5m asking fee for striker Luke Jephcott, with both Derby County and Nottingham Forest interested according to Lancs Live.
Both East Midland clubs have had a season to forget and a new centre-forward is high on the priority list in terms of summer signings.
Derby have scored just 30 goals in 41 Championship games, the joint-worst tally in the division. Nottingham Forest are hardly prolific by comparison, netting just four more in the same number of matches.
Plymouth don’t want to see their Welsh U21 star to leave and definitely not for a low-cut price.
According to The Sun, Stoke City and Sheffield Wednesday are another 2 of 7 teams interested in Jephcott ahead of the summer window.
Furthermore, The Athletic reported back in February that Nottingham Forest are interested
Jephcott has 18 goals this season but has failed to score in his last 15 appearances.
Coaches at Plymouth have been effusive in their praise of the 21-year-old.
“Luke doesn’t complicate things, a bit like Harry Kane if you like,” his former Pilgrims coach Sean McCarthy told Plymouth Live this week.
“I know there are a number of bigger clubs watching him and he can certainly play Championship.”
It seems there will be lots of interest in Jephcott this summer. If he’s anything like the player his coaches compare him to, £5m seems a bargain.