Rovers have discussed Grant Hanley as a possible transfer target – but Tony Mowbray says the former captain isn’t top of the club’s wanted list.

Hanley was restricted to just 10 appearances last season, six coming as a starter in the Championship, as Norwich won the second tier title.

Infact, the 27-year-old was won promotion to the Premier League twice in the last three seasons, but has played just 51 league matches since leaving Ewood Park for Newcastle in 2016 for an undisclosed fee.

After just one season at Newcastle he moved to Carrow Road in August 2017 but has fallen out of favour under Daniel Farke who guided the Canaries to the top flight last season. That is despite signing a new five-year contract in November 2018.

Rovers are in the market for at least one centre half as Mowbray looks to add to his defensive options after shipping 69 goals in 46 league matches.

Charlton defender Patrick Bauer is a long-term target but the German is also attracting from Preston North End as well as a host of other Championship clubs.

Hanley was linked over the weekend with a possible loan move back to the club where he made 200 appearances between 2009 and 2016, but Mowbray said the Scotland international is just one of a number of players to have been discussed.

There have been no new additions to the club this summer from the side which finished 15th last season and although Mowbray has held talks with a number of players, and their representatives, no new signings are thought to be imminent.

“We talk about lots of players,” Mowbray told the Lancashire Telegraph.

“We have spoken about centre halves and looking to add to our options and I'm not saying there's nothing in it.

“We have lists of players, A, B, C and you don’t really want them getting out, not that they should worry about that, because it might be because the player is too expensive for us, or them not being available. 

“But as time goes on that situation might change.

“I don’t know how many games Grant Hanley played last season but I’m sure it wasn’t enough for his liking.

“He is a player we have talked about but is not at the forefront of our minds.”