Tony Mowbray is hopeful of adding up to three new faces to his Rovers squad today.

Barry Douglas is set to arrive on a season-long loan deal from Leeds United, with a goalkeeper also on Mowbray’s radar, expected to be Middlesbrough's Aynsley Pears which should go through as a permanent deal.

A midfielder on loan is the likely third deal that Rovers could conclude today, while a return for Stewart Downing, second in last year's player of the season vote, looks on the cards next week as a free transfer deal.

Rovers have so far added Thomas Kaminski, Adonis Stergiakis, Daniel Ayala and Tyrhys Dolan to their ranks in the window which closes at 5pm tomorrow.

“We’re always trying to do business, but a phone call is a phone call, and then there’s another phone call later,” the manager said.

“I would hope that we could get a minimum of two, maybe three, in if we can.

“We’re working hard behind the scenes to bolster the squad.”

Douglas has emerged as Rovers’ preferred option at left back, with the club having been in talks with Leeds United over a loan deal for the 31-year-old.

Asked about him, Mowbray said: “I’ve fallen foul in the past of talking about players and then it never happens.

“I think for me we’re looking for some cover, a player to compete for a position in our team.

“We haven’t got any left-sided defenders really, if Amari’i Bell, who has done exceptionally well for us this year, was to pick up a knock then we’d end up like England, playing a right footer on the left. That’s not ideal sometimes.

“We’re looking for players who can come and compete in that position and Barry Douglas is one name among a few that we’ve been talking to and looking at.

“We’ll see which one falls into place for us.”

The manager has continued to stress throughout the window that Rovers aren’t flush with money to be able to strengthen in all positions with permanent signings, despite that being the preference.

He added: “We’re trying to build this football club, give it a foundation where we can have a stock of valuable assets than can help the team win game after game on a Saturday but also if we get into a situation where we need to sell an asset to maintain things or improve in other areas then we’ve got lots of players that other clubs would like to sign.

“We’re not cash rich at this moment, we’re not flush with cash, we’re not going out to buy a £1m footballer, they’ll probably be loans, but that’s okay for me because the squad is a bit thin at the moment.

“As I sit here at the minute, without any signings we’d probably have to register two youth players to fill our bench up.

“I would hope we could get a couple in before the weekend.”