Rovers have made their move for Barry Douglas and are increasingly confident of getting a deal over the line for the Leeds United full back.

Talks stepped up yesterday and progress has been made on a deal that would see Douglas spend the season on loan at Ewood Park.

There is still work to do before the deal is completed, but the signs are that Rovers’ search for a left back will result in a positive conclusion.

Rovers signed Greg Cunningham on loan from Cardiff City on deadline day last August, but the hope is they won’t have to wait until the final hours of this window this time around to bring in a left back.

The transfer window closes at 5pm on Friday, with a left back the one standout bit of business that Rovers have left to do having brought in two goalkeepers and a central defender.

The backline was always set to be the focus of Rovers’ recruitment plans with the finances available, with goalkeepers Thomas Kaminski and Antonis Stergiakis brought in from AA Gent and Slavia Sofia respectively.

Daniel Ayala helped fill the defensive void left by the departure of loanee Tosin Adarabioyo, with 31-year-old Douglas looking likely to complete the defensive reinforcements.

The Scot has made just one appearance for Leeds this season, that coming in an EFL Cup tie with Hull City, and he is yet to feature in a Premier League matchday squad.

But he would come with excellent recent experience in the Championship, part of the Wolves squad which clinched promotion to the Premier League in 2018, and after moving to Leeds in that summer, he played 15 times in their promotion campaign of 2019/20, including the Ewood Park fixture in July.

Amari’i Bell has played every minute of Rovers’ six competitive fixtures this season, but Rovers are closing in on adding another option in that position.