BLACKBURN Rovers’ Director of Football Operations Paul Senior says the Venky’s will release funds for new signings this month should the right players become available that meet the club’s criteria.

Senior revealed discussions are ongoing with potential targets as Rovers look to strengthen their squad ahead of their January 31 deadline.

Manager Owen Coyle has outlined his intention to try and recruit three new players to his squad, as well as Marvin Emnes returning for his second loan spell at Ewood Park, in the winter window.

Senior says the club are doing due diligence on their shortlisted targets with incomings “not dependent” on players leaving Rovers this month.

“There are developments ongoing at this moment in time,” Senior said of potential incomings.

“There are potential players that are of interest to us and any player that we wish to bring to the football club has to be a player that will add value to the squad and enhance what we’re doing.

“They have to have the right qualities, the right attributes physically, technically and tactically, all of that, but in addition we want to get the right personalities in to the football club as well.

“It’s a tricky business, you have to do your due diligence on players, but at the same time, any player we’re looking to bring in has to be right for Blackburn Rovers.

“There are situations that we’re monitoring that if the time is right, we will be able to do that, and the owners are supportive of that.

“If the player meets the right criteria, and there is the chance to do something, the owners will be fully supportive.”

Senior said talks remain ongoing with Swansea over the potential return of Emnes, after his initial five-month deal ended after last weekend’s defeat at Ipswich Town.

Dialogue is also continuing with other clubs over the possible pursuit of Ben Marshall who won’t be involved for Rovers against Birmingham this afternoon as speculation over his future intensifies.

The transfer window closes at 11pm on January 31, and while Senior said he couldn’t guarantee that there would definitely be additions before then, plenty of work is ongoing behind the scenes.

“It’s never straightforward when you’re trying to do deals and recruits players from other football clubs,” he added.

“There are a number of developments that you have to overcome and you have to get the player at the right value."

Rovers are currently one point from safety in the Championship table, with 26 games of the season gone.

However, Senior believes the current first-team squad to have some good players, adding: “I’ve said to the manager, I don’t think the squad is broken, it just needs tweaking.

“I’m not saying we’re where we want to be, but at the same time, our opportunity of staying in this division is not dependant on bringing in new players in this window. The priority for the remainder of this season is to consolidate and remain in the division, with a view to forward planning now for the summer window to enable us to be more competitive in the league next season.

“If we can get the balance between getting players fit and maybe a bit of tweaking in certain parts of the pitch, we will be ok.

“We have to look at what we have already in the building. 

“Us staying in this division isn’t dependant on us bringing in new players.

“They would enhance the squad if the player is right, but we have a talented squad.

“There are many deals and players out there.  January can be an expensive month if you get your business wrong so we have to do our diligence.”