Plymouth boss Ryan Lowe has suggested that Nottingham Forest target Luke Jephcott could cost around £3.5 million.
The boss has been speaking to the Plymouth Herald on the back of some emerging interest in the striker, according to various reports.
Jephcott has burst onto the scene at Home Park and has scored 14 goals already this season.
He fired seven times during 2019/20 and is now attracting interest from several Championship clubs – including Forest.
Lowe thinks if anyone is considering a call into the club regarding the 20-year-old, they will get short shrift in response.
He told the Plymouth Herald: “Anyone who rings up about Luke, the phone will be getting put down because we don’t need to sell.
“If they want to ring at the end of the season after he’s scored 25 goals it will probably cost them £3.5 million.
“It’s whether anyone has got £3.5 million at the moment. Honestly, we’re not even looking into that, we haven’t even thought of it.”
A former Plymouth coach has also echoed Lowe’s praise of the Wales under-21 international.
Sean McCarthy was a first-team coach under John Sheridan at Home Park.
He has compared the player to Tottenham and England striker Harry Kane.
McCarthy told the Plymouth Herald: “Luke doesn’t complicate things, a bit like Harry Kane.
“I know there are a number of bigger clubs watching him and he can certainly play in the Championship.”
Will Lowe’s comments deter Forest?
They probably will for now but Plymouth look powerless to lose him in the summer.
If he does bag 25 goals then £3.5 million could prove to be an absolute steal for a Championship club.
It does seem unlikely that anyone will pay such a sum during the January transfer window.
There could be some tentative enquiries and possibly even some bids and it’ll be interesting to see if they stay firm.
He is certainly a player Forest should be trying to target though.
Both Lewis Grabban and Lyle Taylor are in their thirties and there will come a point when a younger option is required.
Many fans would welcome Jephcott at the City Ground and perhaps Forest will be one of the clubs to test the water with the Pilgrims this month.