WREXHAM continue to be linked with a whole host of players and Phil Parkinson admits there is an "element of truth" in some of the transfer talk.

The Reds finished runners-up in League Two this season, clinching a second promotion in a row for the first time in the club's history.

Parkinson is looking to strengthen his squad ahead of Wrexham's return to League One following a 19 year absence and eight players have been released, including first-team captain Luke Young, club captain Ben Tozer and centre-back Aaron Hayden, to make room for new signings.

Left-back Tom Pearce and strikers Josh Magennis and Stephen Humphrys, all available following their release by Wigan Athletic, centre-back Marvin Ekpiteta and frontman Jonson Clarke-Harris - free agents after leaving Blackpool and Peterborough United respectively - are all rumoured to be interesting Wrexham who are owned by Hollywood stars Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney.

Parkinson did not comment on individual players but said he has been speaking with potential targets since the season finished.

"Inevitably, we are going to get linked with a lot of players," said the Reds' boss.

"There is always a lot of gossip going around.

"Some of it there is an element of truth in and some of it there isn't; some of it is off the mark and some of it is close to it.

"But we can't control what ends up in the media.

"We just concentrate as staff on building our list together for the players and areas we want, and are working through them.

"We are having chats with agents and players, and trying to get the very best players we can to improve the squad come the start of the season."