Rovers hope to step up their recruitment this week which could see them make their first signing in the January transfer window.

Manager Tony Mowbray revealed the club have struck an agreement with a club for a loan player who could be the first through the January arrivals door.

Mowbray wouldn’t be drawn on the player’s identity, but a right-sided attacker is understood to have been identified.

Rovers are also in the market for a goalkeeper, a left back and a midfielder, with Sunderland’s Jon McLaughlin linked with a move, but that could be more likely when the 32-year-old become a free agent in the summer.

Rovers moved up to 11th in the table with a thumping 5-0 win at Sheffield Wednesday, with Mowbray admitting there could be movement on the transfer front in the coming days.

He told the Lancashire Telegraph: “I think we’ve got a confirmation we can make on a loan deal.

“If we can strengthen then we will. If we can find a very talented loan player who can come in and help then we should do.

“If can find the right player to add to our group then I think, as I’ve always said then we should try and strengthen in every window.

“That’s my job and responsibility to make the club stronger and move it on every window if I can.

“We’re striving to do that, but it’s not easy.

 “I’m not sure we’re going to spend lots of money. The potential is there to spend a bit of money, but only on the right player.

“That’s what I’m saying to the owners, there aren’t many players you can bring in who are going to guarantee anything.

“You can’t bring players in who don’t know how we play, the demands, don’t know the lads, and we’re going to win next week because this player is great.

“It doesn’t happen like that.”

Rovers are a keen on a move for Portsmouth winger Ronan Curtis, who has 11 goals this season, but are some way of agreeing a price with the League One club.

Pompey are thought to want in the region of £3m for the 23-year-old Republic of Ireland international who is in to the final six months of his deal.

However, the Fratton Park club, seventh in the third tier, have a 12-month option to extend that which would tie Curtis down to 2021.

Mowbray revealed last week that Rovers are ‘miles away’ when it comes to agreeing possible prices with their January targets, with the club seemingly unwilling to match Pompey’s demands.

Rovers remain keen on a new goalkeeper, with Christian Walton on loan until the end of the season when Jayson Leutwiler’s deal expires.

Sunderland stopper McLaughlin was linked over the weekend, and Mowbray would prefer to add an experienced goalkeeper to his ranks.

But with the Black Cats unlikely to want to lose the 32-year-old this window, Rovers may wait until the summer to make their move.

A left back is also on the wishlist, with Rovers having lost Greg Cunningham to injury for the season in October.

Amari’i Bell’s deal is up in the summer, while Sam Hart has been loaned to Shrewsbury and his contract is too up for renewal, leaving Rovers short of options in that position long-term.

A midfielder is also not being ruled out, with Rovers having lost Corry Evans to injury, with the Northern Ireland international to undergo surgery on a fractured skull and eye socket.