Rovers will look to press on with their transfer dealing as they eye earlier market moves – but Tony Mowbray insists that is easier said than done.

Mowbray will return from his week-long talks with owners Venky’s today with the summer transfer budget decided upon.

Rovers have until August 8 to conclude their permanent and loan signings for next season, with the window having been brought forward.

Last summer’s first signing, Joe Rothwell from Oxford, arrived on June 22, but Mowbray will want more of his squad in place by the time Rovers head for their week-long training camp to Austria on June 26.

“We will try and recruit earlier, but we tried to do that last summer and didn’t end up doing it until the last week,” the boss said.

“Teams selling players and moving them on, they are negotiating trying to get the right price and if you come in too early then they will use your bid against everyone else and tell the world what you have bid.

“That’s how the game works, it’s not easy.

“The teams with unlimited pots of money can just go and pay the asking price. But that’s not where we are at the moment.”

Rovers have eyes on a new goalkeeper to compete with David Raya and Jayson Leutwiler, with free agent Frankie Fielding one option, with Scott Carson a reported target.

Mowbray will also look to strengthen a defence which saw Rovers ship 69 league goals this season. Barnsley defender Liam Lindsay has been considered, but the Reds’ promotion back to the Championship would make any possible deal more difficult.

Charlton defender Patrick Bauer has been a long-term target, with bids rejected last summer, though his wage demands now he’s a free agent could price himself out of a possible move.

The boss is also looking to provide competition for Danny Graham having been unable to do that in the January window.

A more youthful option likely to come under consideration is Bassala Sambou. The Everton Under-23s forward scored 11 times in Premier League 2 last season and worked with Mowbray at Coventry.

He is yet to agree a new deal with the Goodison Park club and is a player Rovers have monitored, not least in their four meetings with the Toffees at Under-23s level this season.

Rovers have 20 senior players already under contract for next season, with offers also made to Jack Rodwell and Craig Conway.

Both are still considering their futures, with their current deals not expiring until the end of next month.

Mowbray has stressed he is doesn’t like working with an inflated squad, but at least five signings are expected through the Ewood Park days before the summer window shuts.