Tony Mowbray hopes to learn more about his No.1 left back target in the next 24 hours.

Rovers are waiting on the decision of the player as Mowbray hopes to follow-up the signing of Daniel Ayala with another defensive recruit.

Talk has been quiet of late in regards to Rovers’ left back targets this summer, but Mowbray, who wouldn't be drawn on the players' identity, says the club are close to a breakthrough with one deal.

It has been a long-standing position in which they have looked to strengthen, with Greg Cunningham brought in last summer on a season-long loan deal from Cardiff City, but that was cut short because of injury.

Amari’i Bell has started all three matches this season, and will do so again this weekend, but Mowbray is keen to add competition in that area.

The manager met with chief executive Steve Waggott this afternoon to discuss the club's next moves in the market, with Lewis Travis having joined the injury list and looks set to miss the remainder of 2020 with a knee problem.

“Yes,” Mowbray said when asked by the Lancashire Teleragph about progress with a left back, “but (it's not done) until you get a phonecall saying he’s happy to come because this particular player does have other options, and if he goes elsewhere then we’ll be back to spinning the other plate that we’re trying to spin at the same time.

“We know where we would like to go and I’d hope in the next day or so they would fall one way or the other.”

Daniel Ayala became Rovers’ second signing of the summer on Tuesday, penning a three-year deal as he joined as a free agent following his departure from Middlesbrough.

Thomas Kaminski was first through the door, joining from AA Gent for an undisclosed fee, as Rovers filled their vacancy in defence.

Rovers were always going to focus their attentions this summer on strengthening their backline, not least because of the loan returns of Christian Walton, Tosin Adarabioyo and Cunningham, with permanent deals the preference this time around.

Talks remain ongoing with Middlesbrough over the signing of goalkeeper Aynsley Pears, while a central midfielder is also being sought.

With six senior players having left at the end of their contracts in July, and the current injury situation surrounding the squad, Mowbray feels Rovers are still short of being able to compete at the top end of the division.

That’s something he’s looking to change before the transfer window closes on October 16, believing three or four new faces through the door before then would be a big boost.

He said: “I think we’re three or four players short of being a squad that can compete over 46 games.

“I think the underbelly of the team is still very young. I would like high quality, experienced footballers all over the pitch and yet the reality is that we have a lot of young players still learning their trade, but they’re very willing to learn, listen and try and improve and get better.

“Ultimately that’s the culture at the club we’re trying to create, a learning environment.”