Wrexham transfer targets summer 2023: Mullin replacement needed?

Wrexham are back in the football league and have a long season ahead of them. With the world's eyes now on them, it will be fascinating to see how they progress this year and what kind of players they will look to bring in to bolster the squad even more.

The £2.0 million bid for Wrexham by Hollywood superstars Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney was certainly an investment and a half and has gone better than anyone could’ve expected. 

The team had a phenomenal 2022/23 season that ended with coach Phil Parkinson’s team winning the league title with a record 111 points, earning their right to partake in the League Two 2023/24 campaign.

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How far Wrexham can go depends very much on the quality of players that will join Ryan Reynolds’ and Rob McElhenney’s football project.

With a new challenge ahead of the club, Wrexham’s board should spare no expense in the search for better performers. Coach Parkinson boasts an impressive squad already, but League Two is a far more demanding race. Experienced winger James McClean is the latest addition, with the club clearly looking to add players with proven experience at the top level.

There are also a couple of key current players that recently signed new contracts with Wrexham, which is a huge step in the right direction for the club. Goalkeeper Mark Howard, goalscorer-in-chief Paul Mullin, and defender Anthony Forde couldn’t resist Rob McElhenney’s and Ryan Reynolds’ offers. Not to mention veteran English goalkeeper Ben Foster who has signed on for another year after his heroics at the end of the last season. 

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However, the recent injury to Paul Mullin has added a further spanner in the works, with Wrexham now looking to bring in another forward on top of any other business they may do. Mullin is expected to be out for a while longer after puncturing a lung during Wrexham's pre-season tour of the USA. 

Let’s take a look at some of the names that are reportedly on coach Parkinson’s wish list, including a direct replacement for Mullin's goals. 

 

Kabongo Tshimanga

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A recent name in the news is Peterborough forward Kabongo Tshimanga. The 26 year old is a player that will be very well-known to the staff and players of Wrexham from his time in the national league.

Tshimanga was prolific at Boreham Wood, scoring against Wrexham on multiple occasions, before signing for Chesterfield, who at the time were battling with Wrexham for promotion out of the National League. 

After consistent seasons of success at National League level, Tshimanga garnered interest from many football league sides, including League 1 side Peterborough United. He joined The Posh in January of this year on a loan deal, which was then made permanent in July. 

This is where the deal may get complicated, as Peterborough are highly unlikely to happily part ways with a player who has only just joined the club permanently. With Tshimanga seen as a replacement for the injured Paul Mullin, maybe a loan deal would suit both parties. 

If Wrexham do manage to pull off this deal, they will be getting a guaranteed goalscorer and possibly the best Mullin replacement they could get in the current market.

Gareth Bale

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A very bold move by Reynolds and McElhenney indeed. Despite multiple attempts to snap up former Real Madrid and Tottenham Hotspur superstar Gareth Bale, the former Welsh Men’s national team captain is still reluctant to renew his career.

Gareth’s first signs of world-class talent were in a Spurs jersey, but Real Madrid were quick to react by adding him to their ranks back in 2013. 5 Champions League titles later and the rest is history. Bale is definitely one of the greatest players of his generation.

At the end of his career, he opted for Los Angeles FC  for his last challenge, where he only made 12 appearances before calling it a day, but did have the memorable moments in his short stint in the US.

There’s a chance he might renew his career and help Wrexham achieve glory, but it’s still a very far-fetched scenario, as Gareth was quite adamant about his decision to hang up his boots. However, if any club can make it happen, it would be Wrexham.

Phil Jones

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Another former Manchester United player rumoured to join Wrexham’s squad for the 2023/24 League Two campaign. Phil Jones is a very well-known name in English football and he’ll surely be a valuable asset to coach Parkinson should he decide to join this year. 

The 31-year-old unyielding defender has heaps of experience and is the kind of big name Wrexham could be able to attract. 

He’ll be a certain starter for Wrexham in their League Two battle. However, we have our doubts of whether or not Jones will be inclined to join a team of such humble beginnings. There are reportedly a number of teams battling for Phil Jones’ signature, so it will be a difficult task signing the former Red Devils defender.

Morten Gamst Pedersen

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Certainly a blast from the past, Morten Gamst Pederson is currently without a team and is still open to joining a new club for this season, despite his age. The 41-year-old Norwegian veteran doesn’t have anything more to prove, so the Wrexham quest might be just what Pederson needs at this stage of his career. 

He made a name for himself in English football with Blackburn Rovers’ colours between 2004 and 2013 after 349 professional games. 

At the age of 41, Morten Gamst Pederson did partake in 11 league games last season for his club Ranheim, managing to score once and get himself booked on two occasions. 

A player that would not be able to play every week, but with the success of the Ben Foster signing, Wrexham may be open to bringing in some more veteran characters that can help the team both on and off the pitch. 

 

Whatever happens over the remaining weeks of this summer transfer window, Parkinson, Reynolds and McElhenney will be more than confident that the squad they have is good enough to be in the battle for promotion again this season. Mullin returning as soon as possible will be key to the outcome of this season.