Graham in talks to come Home
By Adam Marshall. Last Updated: January 1, 1970 1:00am
Plymouth Argyle are believed to be in talks with Torquay United over the transfer of David Graham to Home Park as manager Paul Sturrock looks to fill the voids left by the forthcoming suspensions of striker Mickey Evans and midfielder David Friio.
Evans is suspended for the forthcoming league game against Hartlepool after receiving five yellow cards this season, whilst Frio is out for three matches after he was sent off in the recent 2-2 draw with Oldham Athletic.
Graham, an ex-Glasgow Rangers trainee, has scored 33 goals during his time at Torquay and it is thought that the transfer to Plymouth would involve a permanent move to Torquay for defender Brian McGlinchey, who has been on loan at Plainmoor for the past two months.
Reading's misfit striker Nathan Tyson is another name to be linked with Plymouth as Sturrock looks to increase his attacking options.
Tyson, who has had previous loan spells at Swansea City and Cheltenham Town, has been told he can leave Reading by new manager, Steve Coppell.
The 21-year-old has scored just once for the club despite playing in 30 league games.
Friio meanwhile has spoken of his disappointment after The FA upheld his ban following the sending off against Oldham.
Despite the Frenchman's protest of innocence over the incident, in which he retaliated after he had been head-butted twice by Oldham's John Sheridan, he has been banned for three matches, starting with the game against Queens Park Rangers this weekend.
With nine goals to his name, Friio is Plymouth's leading goalscorer this season and so he will be sorely missed over the next month.
Though bitterly disappointed over his suspension, Friio expressed his confidence that his team-mates would get the results they need without him.
"It's a big game and everybody will be up for it, so to watch it from the stands is not the best way," he said.
"Whoever comes in must show what they can do and it's up to them to grab their chance."
Looking further ahead to the rest of the month, Friio admitted he was not looking forward to what lay in store for him as he watches vital games for the club from the sidelines.
"We have got three difficult games coming up," he said. "QPR, Hartlepool and Colchester are all in play-off contention.
"That's three Saturdays in a row so I'm going to be out for a month nearly. It's going to be difficult for me to be fit to train but not to play.
"I was out injured for nearly four weeks before the home game against Tranmere and it went well after.
"Hopefully, it's going to be the same when I get back but, with me or without me, I'm very confident the team can still get points."