Wrexham missed out on sealing club-record transfer after last-gasp deadline day swoop
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Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney's Wrexham are aiming for promotion out of League Two this season and were active on transfer deadline day - but ultimately missed out on sealing a new club record deal.
The Dragons sit second in League Two and Phil Parkinson's side are on course to seal back-to-back promotions after claiming a place back in the EFL.
Wrexham were busy on transfer deadline day to bring in further reinforcements to ensure they have the best possible chance of playing League One football next season.
Wing-back Luke Bolton arrived for an undisclosed fee from fellow League Two side Salford City, while striker Jack Marriott also joined as he dropped down from League One outfit Fleetwood Town.
Of the new acquisitions, Wrexham boss Parkinson said: "Luke’s a really good addition to the squad. He’s going to be a player that adds real pace and dynamism to the team.
"We’re really pleased to bring Jack to the Club. He’s got proven experience at a higher level and comes to us looking to make a real contribution in our second half of the season."
Wrexham's squad boasts plenty of quality which have played at a higher level, including the likes of Elliot Lee, Paul Mullin, Ollie Palmer and James McClean.
Though the Dragons were able to bring in new faces to the squad, there was one player that Wrexham were unable to bring to the Racecourse Ground.
Reports suggested that Wrexham were closing in on a move for Rotherham United midfielder Jamie Lindsay, and that the transfer could have been a new club record, eclipsing the £300,000 the Dragons paid AFC Wimbledon for Palmer in January 2022.
Considering the Millers are a Championship club at present, it would have been quite a statement had Wrexham been able to bring in a player from two divisions above.
However, the move did not come to pass and it appears the fee was the major hurdle which could not be overcome.
According to Daily Mail reporter Nathan Salt, the two clubs were 'at odds' over the transfer fee for Lindsay, whose contract at Rotherham is due to expire this summer in just a few months from now as Wrexham's pursuit hit a 'dead end'.
With Lindsay being out of contract in the summer, the Dragons could make a return for the midfielder then and sign him on a free transfer, when they hope they will be able to offer League One football.
Loathe to go too early when 40 minutes or so left of the window but looks like Wrexham’s pursuit of Jamie Lindsay has reached a dead end.— Nathan Salt (@NathSalt1) February 1, 2024
Clubs at odds on the fee for a player that is available for nothing in six months.
Looks like Bolton & Marriott is the lot.#rufc #WxmAFC