Sturrock dismisses Rehman link

Pilgrims have no interest in centre-half

Rehman: Not in Plymouth's plans

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Plymouth Argyle manager Paul Sturrock has played down speculation linking him with a move for QPR defender Zesh Rehman.

The 25-year-old centre-half is currently on loan at Blackpool, with first-team opportunities at Loftus Road having proven hard to come by.

Sturrock admits that he will be looking to bring fresh faces to Home Park during the January transfer window, but insists former Fulham man Rehman is not one of them.

"I think that is pure paper talk. In the past, when I have been at other football clubs I have thought about bringing Zesh in, but not here," the Pilgrims manager told skysports.com.

"I'd like to do a bit of wheeling and dealing, with some players moved on and a few brought in, but it's not just going to be one way traffic and I'd like to emphasise that players will leave the club during that period to make way for others coming in.

"We have a big squad and I'd like to cut that down before I bring others in to strengthen."

Panic

Many have predicted a relatively quiet New Year for Championship clubs, due to the current financial crisis, but Sturrock believes those chasing promotion will be prepared to 'splash the cash' if required.

"It all depends where you are in the league really. If you are either trying to clinch promotion or hoping to avoid relegation I think you'll have a go in the transfer market, but those in the middle of the table will probably prefer to stick with what they've got," he added.

"I think there is too much panic in the windows and that it isn't good for football for the simple reason that fans begin to panic if their team aren't splashing the cash in January.

"This can lead to clubs panic buying when they shouldn't really and they buy players who may not fit into their football club, so I would prefer to see the January transfer window taken out and only loans allowed."