WREXHAM FC owner Geoff Moss is hoping former Manchester City midfielder Kizito ‘Kiki’ Musampa will sign a short-term contract with the Dragons today.
Together with ambitious new manager Dean Saunders, Moss has big plans for the club and told the Daily Post the deal could be tied-up in the next 24 hours.
“We’ve been chasing this all week,” he said yesterday. “Kiki’s brother Jean came to the York City match last week and we’ve been looking into it since then.
“This is Dean’s doing and I know he’s keen to bring him here. It’s something of a ‘shop window’ exercise so we can help him move onto a more appropriate level and he can help us get more points while he’s with us, which will probably be for around six weeks.
“It may happen, it may not, but we hope to hear by today – we’ll just have to wait and see.”
Musampa, 31, has played at the highest level across Europe, with spells in Madrid and at Trabzonspor, AZ Alkmaar and FC Seoul, following his move from City in 2006.
Moss believes he would be invaluable for Wrexham, even on a short-term basis.
“It wouldn’t be until the end of the season. It is purely short-term and is not a loan because Kiki is not in contract,” he added. “It’s probably 50-50 at the moment as talks are ongoing between Dean and Jean.”
Meanwhile, assistant boss Terry Darracott, who joined the Racecourse outfit earlier this month, has been training the players while Saunders is away on international managerial duty with Wales.
A planned practice match with Blackburn Rovers was yesterday cancelled because of poor weather, but he is relishing this latest opportunity and is confident the club will be battling for promotion after a stormy start to life in the Blue Square Premier.
“I’m really enjoying it,” said Darracott. “The last eight or nine days while Dean has been away have been great for me because I’ve been able to get to know the players and the level at which we’re playing.
“I didn’t know much about them or the football in this league, but it’s all coming together. I’m used to watching matches at a higher level and across Europe, and I’ve only been involved in one game so far with Wrexham.
“That was the win over York City, which was great for us.
“I also went to the Burton Albion and Mansfield game the other day which proved very useful as we’re playing Mansfield this weekend.”
Former Everton defender Darracott, 57, who played for the Dragons for one season when Arfon Griffiths was in charge before a knee injury prompted his early retirement. He went on to become first-team coach at Everton and has also worked for a number of other clubs, including Blackburn and Bolton.
And Darracott is confident Saunders will get Wrexham where they need to be – back in the Football League.
“That’s the aim isn’t it?” he said. “I’m enjoying the challenge, and what a challenge it’s going to be, but this side should be pushing for promotion come the end of the season.
“We’ll just wait for Dean to come back from Germany and then we’ll plan for Saturday’s game.
“We’ve got to try and turn things around and I believe we have a great chance of doing so.”