CHAMPIONSHIP gatecrashers Sheffield Wednesday are bidding to hijack a Wrexham tranfer target, assistant manager Kevin Russell has confirmed.
The Dragons had hoped to conclude a deal this week with an un-named defender, who has been released by a Championship club, but the outcome of Sunday's League One play-off final has changed the situation.
Owls boss Paul Sturrock, looking to strengthen his squad following the promotion-winning success against Hartlepool, is now chasing the same player.
But Russell has not yet given up hope, claiming that Wrexham's offer of first-team football could outweigh a better financial package at Hillsborough.
"Money-wise it might be better for the lad to move to Sheffield Wednesday but in the long run it might not benefit his career," he said.
"If he goes there it will probably be as a member of the squad and he could find himself on the bench as often as not.
"That's what happened to him at his previous club and the lads just wants to be playing first-team football. At Wrexham we can offer him that.
"To be fair, his agent sees it in much the same sort of light and he's promised us an answer to our offer within the next seven days.
"We've just got to hope the lad sees a move to Wrexham as an opportunity to kick-start his career. By gaining more experience he will have more chance of moving back up the league than if he is simply regarded as a squad number, which is what could happen if he goes to Sheffield."
Sturrock, who yesterday announced his retained list, is anxious to make up for lost time and admits his team-building budget has improved markedly as a result of Sunday's success.
"We are at least two weeks behind other clubs in terms of looking ahead to next season and ideally I would like to have two players for every position next season," he said..
Meanwhile, former Wrexham wingback Paul Edwards has signed for Oldham on a free transfer after being released by Blackpool.
Edwards, 25, has signed a one-year contract and said: "When I was playing for Wrexham, Ronnie tried to sign me. Now, as luck, would have it, I've followed him to Boundary Park and I'm delighted."