Rovers have seen a £4m bid for QPR playmaker Luke Freeman rejected, the Lancashire Telegraph understands.

It is understood the Loftus Road club have turned down Rovers’ attempts to bring the 26-year-old to East Lancashire and Rovers are unlikely to return with another fresh bid.

As things stand, Rovers haven’t agreed a fee with any prospective signing in a bid to add to their squad ahead of the 5pm deadline.

Earlier this week they saw their attempts to bring USA international midfielder Wil Trapp fall short, with his club Columbus Crewe rejecting a $1.25m bid. Time constraints mean Rovers won’t revisit that deal for now, with the Eastern Conference side holding out for closer to $3m.

Tony Mowbray has money to strengthen his squad but is relaxed with the loan window remaining open until August 31, with the Rovers boss not willing to spend the owners' money on players who wouldn't significantly improve his squad.

QPR chairman Tony Fernandes took to Twitter earlier this month to say that Freeman was not for sale, and overnight he has again quashed any fears among the Rs fans that he would be forced in to selling.

He tweeted: “Very tiring reading all these tweets on Luke freeman. All offers been rejected. We are doing our best to strengthen not weaken. At least we have players that others want.  A far cry. Slowly building the right foundation.”

It is understood the previous bids turned down for Freeman were in the region of £3m.

There were suggestions that QPR, who were found to have breached FFP rules and will be under a transfer embargo during the January window, would contemplate a sale at around £4m for the player signed from Bristol City.

Freeman scored five goals last season and claimed 12 assists, the third most in the Championship last season.

He joined the Rs from Bristol City 18 months ago in a deal worth £350,000 and has two years left to run on his current contract.