PHIL PARKINSON believes landing transfer targets will become more of a challenge with clubs reluctant to let players move on in case they are left with a shortage of bodies during the coronavirus crisis.

Tuesday’s 2-0 win at Altrincham saw Wrexham move up to third in the National League, one point off top spot.

Parkinson intends to give the promotion challenge a boost by strengthening his squad in the January transfer window, but the Reds boss says there are extra hurdles.

Covid-19 outbreaks have led to a disrupted fixture programme over the festive period with a host of matches postponed, and Parkinson believes clubs, fearing cases in their ranks, won’t want to lose players given the current situation.

“The transfer window scenario changes all the time,” said Parkinson.

“We speak to players, agents and clubs, and the picture can change very quickly.

“What you find at the moment with the Covid situation, people are saying they are not letting anyone go and I think you will find a lot of that with loan players and permanent signings where three or four weeks ago there were more surplus to requirements.

“Now everyone is panicking a bit about their numbers.

“It is going to be more challenging than we originally thought but we will meet that challenge and hopefully we can add to what we have already got.”

Although he wants to make new signings, Parkinson is happy with the squad at his disposal.

In-form Wrexham have only lost once in their last 10 league games and Parkinson, who lost midfielder Jordan Davies with a dislocated shoulder at Altrincham, believes there is more to come from the Reds.

“I think we have got a good set of lads who are willing workers,” added Parkinson.

“We have got good quality and we are in a good vein of form; momentum is with us and we have just got to keep it going.

“Prepare for each game as professionally as we can and look forward to the next one.

“We are a team I feel will get better in the second half of the season. We have got to look at all the parts of our game we can improve on and maintain the good quality parts, and keep adding to it.

“That is what we are trying to do on the training pitch.”