Is there any truth in the rumour? Might Master Bates really be about to buy Plymouth Argyle?
Plymouth is famous for its Hoe of course, and Leeds fans will be Ho Ho Hoing from here right through to Christmas if Santa Bates really does bugger off at the end of the season.
He started big at Chelsea, scaled down to Leeds and now may be about to scrape the bottom of the barnacled barrel.
Still, he will be perfectly located to sail around the coast and meet Warnock in his Cornish retirement!