Pilgrims wait on Capaldi
By Graeme Bailey. Last Updated: January 1, 1970 1:00am
Plymouth have confirmed that they are locked in talks with five clubs about full-back Tony Capaldi.
The Pilgrims are looking to tie the Northern Ireland international down to a new long-term contract, but his future appears to lie away from Home Park.
Manager Ian Holloway has already told Capaldi, who is out of contract in the summer, that he will be sold in January if no new deal can be agreed - and that now looks the most likely option
"There are five clubs actually talking to myself about Tony," said Holloway.
"I have made him the best offer we can and, at the minute, I have turned down one offer because I don't believe it's good enough.
"If the clubs don't match my valuation, and Tony knows what that is, then he will be re-signing for us."
Crystal Palace, Sunderland and Wolverhampton Wanderers are amongst those clubs who have been linked to a swoop in recent weeks.
"The clubs know exactly what we would accept to get a very good left-back from us," added Holloway.
"I have to be very careful what I say, but I believe a player of his class and quality should not be able to leave my company on a free transfer.
"If he was 23 we could get some compensation for him, but we can't.
"From my position I find it very annoying. He has helped us and we have helped him and, all of a sudden, someone else can take him in three or four months time.
"I know you could say everybody is in the same boat, but I don't feel that is fair."
Meanwhile, Plymouth have allowed youngster Ryan Dickson to join Torquay on a month's loan.
The 20-year-old left sider might also be joined at Plainmoore by Pilgrims team-mate Romain Larrieu.
Torquay have seen a deal for former Polish youth international Przemek Norko collapse because of a failed medical - and that could mean a move for Larrieu.
"Romain feels he needs to get some games under his belt and, if I think the time is right, I might take a bit of a gamble because for the first 28 days I will not be able to call him back," said Holloway.
"I have had a long chat with him, and I think that fella has had a lot to deal with this year, and he has dealt with it better than anybody I have ever met in my life."