Gary Owers has quashed speculation that Torquay United might be about to sign former England striker Rickie Lambert.

“It’s the first I’ve heard about it,” said the Gulls’ head coach after the social media rumour-mill had suggested that the 35-year-old former Bristol Rovers, Southampton, Liverpool and WBA centre-forward might be on his way to Plainmoor.

Lambert announced his ‘retirement’ recently after leaving Cardiff City in the summer.

Owers did say: “I have inquired about a striker at a National League club.”

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