Plymouth Argyle have joined Aberdeen and Hearts in a race to sign promising Fulham centre back Connor McAvoy on loan.

The Scottish under-21 international has been an outstanding performer in Fulham’s academy sides for a number of years and starred on loan with Wealdstone last season. The 20 year-old made 28 appearances for the Stones having initially joined the National League side on an emergency loan and has since been a key part of Steve Wigley’s under 21 side, who have stepped up successfully to the top flight this term.

Fulham now have to decide whether to let McAvoy leave to gain more first-team experience and where he should go. Both SPL sides are looking to recruit new centre backs in the final weeks of January, whilst Argyle – currently top of League One under Steven Schumacher – are looking to bolster their defensive options to cement their push for promotion to the Championship. The composed defender impressed Marco Silva during this summer’s pre-season tour of Portugal and remains highly thought of at Motspur Park.