Former Blackburn cult hero Morten Gamst Pedersen has told Ryan Reynolds he would be prepared to seal a return to British football with Wrexham. The 41-year-old veteran, who spent nine years with Rovers where he was renowned for his ridiculously powerful left foot, is now plying his trade for Ranheim back in Norway after signing a one-year deal with the second-tier Norwegian side last month.
Pedersen scored 47 goals in 348 games in Lancashire and also won 83 caps at international level with Norway.
Now he has now declared his interest in a move to Wrexham if an offer was to materialise after highlighting his admiration for the project.
When asked if he would sign for the Red Dragons, he told Sport Bible: “Yeah, I would love to. Why not? Of course. Maybe if you tag me in a social media post, Ryan Reynolds could read this, and we get a chance to meet…”
He later elaborated on how his position has changed over the years, adding: “I play more centrally now. I can play as a central midfield or a number 10; more like a playmaker role. I also play on the wing as well, because if you get a full-back that’s good to overlap, that’s perfect for me. I’ll use my strength on my left foot. I prefer to play further up the pitch.
“I was playing as a holding midfield for the last 35 minutes in my last game. It was nice to ping some balls.”
Pedersen was keen to point out that Wrexham had captured his interest this season after they secured their long-awaited return to the Football League after winning the National League title.
“It’s unbelievable what they are doing,” he added on the new League Two side. “I think it’s so cool. Yes, they get promoted and everything, but they are also building a brand from a club that’s quite far down in the system. It shows that if you get the right people and the right attitude, and everybody drags in the same direction, you can do a lot.”
If Wrexham were to launch a move for Pedersen, he could join another Premier League cult hero in Ben Foster at the club next season.
Wrexham boss Phil Parkinson recently confirmed talks are set to take place over the veteran goalkeeper’s future shortly following his part in their National League title success.
“I wanted to let the euphoria of promotion and the lads’ Las Vegas trip go down first. I will sit down with Ben in the next day or two and have a really good chat, and see what his thoughts are,” Parkinsons said.
“We have got some good goalkeepers under contract as well so we will speak with Ben and make a decision which is right for him and right for us going forward.”
Foster only signed on a short-term deal for the final months of the season after coming out of retirement to help Wrexham navigate an injury crisis.
Yet he enjoyed the opportunity so much, it’s believed he’s open to signing another contract should the terms of the deal make sense.
In more positive news, star striker Paul Mullin has also extended his stay after signing a one-year deal.
Wrexham are also expected to launch a series of ambition swoops for targets that can bring Football League experience to North Wales.
Cheltenham striker Alfie May remains of interest although Charlton are thought to be leading the race for the 29-year-old’s signature.