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Reid faces battle to keep Noone and Wright-Phillips

Craig Noone and Bradley Wright-Phillips
Noone and Wright-Phillips have scored 15 goals between them this season

Plymouth Argyle boss Peter Reid has acknowledged he faces an uphill battle to keep his star players at Home Park.

Winger Craig Noone and striker Bradley Wright-Phillips have both been linked with January moves away, as Argyle come under increasing financial pressure.

Reid said: "We've had enquiries and I'm sure I'll have the final say, but sometimes finances dictate.

"I will try and keep my good players, but I think we'll see in the coming days what the situation is."

Plymouth Argyle face the threat of being wound up next year, if they fail to clear an unpaid tax bill of £760,000 with HM Revenue & Customs.

"I want to keep my best players," the 54-year-old former England midfielder told BBC Radio Devon. "But like I've said before, the well-being of the football club comes first.

Reid's concerns over the upcoming January transfer window were echoed by Plymouth's executive director Keith Todd.

When asked by the BBC if he could offer any assurances that Wright-Phillips and Noone would not be sold, Todd said: "I'm just a single vote on the board.

"There are some practical realities as well that depend on other sources of funding, so them staying does depend on the amount of funding we can get."

Todd announced on Tuesday that he is intending to remain on the board at Plymouth despite being stood down from his role as executive director from 1 January.

Pilgrims winger Noone has already been the subject of a rejected approach by League One leaders Brighton, while Wright-Phillips, who is the division's leading scorer, has also been linked with a move out of Devon.

Reid said: "These things happen - the likes of Manchester United have to sell one of the great players, Cristiano Ronaldo, and Everton had to sell Wayne Rooney many years ago to keep them going.

"I've just got to get on with the job of running the team - there's a board of directors who look after the finances of the club and I leave it to them.

"The most important thing is the football club, we need to get it sorted out because this football club, like I've said on many occasions, has got great tradition."



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