Profile: potential Argyle loan signing Lee Cox
Plymouth Argyle are considering taking on Swindon Town midfielder Lee Cox when the emergency loan window opens tomorrow.
The club are said to be interested in the 22-year-old, who spent the first five months of the season on loan to Oxford United.
Cox began his career at Leicester City youth academy and made his way up through the ranks, signing professional terms in 2008.
He enjoyed a brief loan spell at Yeovil Town the following year, before penning a deal with Inverness Caledonian Thistle.
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The 18-year-old, who had yet to make a first-team appearance with City, agreed a one-year contract with the outfit, joining on a free transfer.
He extended his contract the following year, penning a new two-year deal.
Cox was in July 2011 ruled out after sustaining a knee injury. The injury, which required surgery, saw him sidelined for three months.
Manager Terry Butcher told the club's official website: "Lee has been a bad miss for us.
“It's been a difficult time for him and he's been champing at the bit to get his season started. But he's now in good shape and raring to go.
"He can be an influential factor in the midfield and it's a big lift to see Lee training and working hard."
But by January 2012 Cox was being linked with a move to Swindon Town, with Butcher hinting he would be sold before the closure of the transfer window.
On January 28 Inverness confirmed they had indeed accepted a bid from the club, and a deadline day switch was finalised.
Cox, who had made 82 appearances for the Scottish Premier League side during his time at the Caledonian Stadium, put pen to paper on a two-and-a-half year deal.
Swindon were due to pay Inverness a fee in the region of £50,000 for Cox's services, reports suggested.
In June 2012 Cox was told he would not be offered a new contract for next season. He was one of four players to be placed on the transfer list by Robins boss Paolo Di Canio after being deemed surplus to requirements at the County Ground.
Inverness boss Terry Butcher spoke of his desire to bring back Cox to the club, but said he expected the player would head elsewhere.
Indeed, Cox joined Oxford United on loan in July, agreeing to remain at the club until January 2013.
Manager Chris Wilder told the club’s official website Cox would make the team stronger. "He can also play right-back which is really useful for the start of the season when we'll be without Andy Whing,” he added.
"I watched him come through Leicester's academy but unfortunately it didn't work out for him. Inverness had to pay a fee to take him up there and he helped them win promotion to the SPL in his first season.
“Terry Butcher speaks very highly of him and he's played a lot of games for his age."
Last month, after returning to Swindon, Cox said he was keen to secure a loan switch away from the club before the close of the transfer window.
Oxford had been keen to keep Cox at the Kassam Stadium, but were unable to agree a deal to extend his stay.
His agent told Sky Sports: "A number of clubs have expressed in Lee and we will now consider our options before deciding what move to make."