Tyler Magloire will complete a season-long loan deal to Rochdale today – though Rovers are no nearer to adding a new defender to their squad before today’s 5pm deadline.

Manchester City loanee Tosin Adarabioyo remains the only defender Tony Mowbray has signed in this window to supplement a defence which shipped 69 goals last season.

Adarabioyo is in contention to make his debut at Fulham this weekend, with the club’s four other signings featuring in the opening day defeat to Charlton.

Central defender Magloire will spend the season at the Crown Oil Arena to further his development having played twice for Rovers’ senior side last season.

There was significant interest in the 20-year-old, but Brian Barry-Murphy’s side have won the race for his signature, which could well be the only dealings at Ewood Park on deadline day.

Former captain Grant Hanley, now with Norwich City, remains on the club's radar, but any move would require the Premier League new-boys to help supplement his wages and be willing to let the 27-year-old leave on the eve of the campaign with Christoph Zimmermann set to miss the early weeks of the season with a knee injury.

Rovers feel now is the time to allow Magloire the chance to gain experience out on loan, having already seen Scott Wharton join League Two side Northampton until the end of the season.

That is likely to see Joe Grayson, who finished the season with Grimsby Town, stay as cover for the first-team.

Darragh Lenihan and Charlie Mulgrew have been mainstays in the heart of Rovers’ defence since the end of 2016, with Adarabioyo, Ryan Nyambe and Derrick Williams other options available to Mowbray.

Magloire made his debut in the win over Wigan Athletic in March before keeping his place for the 4-2 defeat at Sheffield Wednesday.

He captained the Under-23s to fifth place in Premier League and lifted the Lancashire Senior Cup after victory over Burnley in May.

He could make his debut in Saturday’s home game with Doncaster, but more likely could be the EFL Cup tie with Bolton on Tuesday.

Magloire signed a new long-term deal at Ewood Park in February which runs to 2022 and is seen as a bright prospect by Tony Mowbray.

He was a regular for Rovers in pre-season, including playing 45 minutes of a behind closed doors friendly with Dale.

Rovers have several options available to them within the Under-23s ranks, with Charley Doyle, Matt Platt, Sam Barnes and Louis Annesley all set to compete for spots when the Premier League 2 season starts on Monday.