Tuesday, 25 January 2011

Plymouth eye up Fallon sale

Plymouth Argyle are looking for potential buyers for striker Rory Fallon as they look to avoid financial ruin. The Pilgrims need to raise cash to avoid going under and had looked to have secured the sale of striker Bradley Wright-Phillips to Reading. However the move broke down after the former Southampton man failed a medical and he has yet to return to action.

Fallon returned to Argyle’s front line after a two month loan spell at Ipswich came to an end prematurely on Monday, and he returned to the side to play in the 3-1 victory over MK Dons. The New Zealand international also led the line on Saturday against Charlton.

Chairman Peter Ridsdale admitted the club have had no offers for Fallon as yet, but said he was pleased with his performance against MK Dons. He said: “I have had no expressions of interest in Rory since he came back, although it's early days.”

“I think his presence as a target man made a big difference against MK Dons, so it was good to have him back."

The club’s focus is now on a return to court on February 9th, where the club must prove their ability to pay a £760,000 debt to Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs and any deals for both Fallon and Wright-Phillips will go some way to paying the debt. Despite the financial problems surrounding the club, they currently sit in 15th and are 6 points above the relegation zone, although football betting patterns have seen the club emerge as favourites to join the relegation scrap.

Meanwhile Wright-Phillips has been cleared to return to action after seeing a specialist in London. The striker has suffered from chronic knee problems since he signed from Southampton in 2009 and has now agreed a new training schedule to aide his return.

Next up in the league are Bournemouth, who won the corresponding fixture 3-0 earlier this month. Football bets are likely to be placed in the favour of the second placed club.

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