Rovers are looking to agree a new contract with Adam Armstrong as he heads into the final 18 months of his current deal.

Armstrong has already matched his tally of goals from last season and Rovers are looking to reward him with a new deal and secure the services of their biggest asset.

Bradley Dack signed a new deal through to 2023 last month, and while Armstrong is under contract until 2022, the club are looking to extend that.

There have been no approaches made to try and prise Armstrong away from Ewood Park this month, despite his 16 Championship goals this season, with Rovers not looking to lose the 23-year-old who has developed a reputation as one of the EFL’s top talents.

And manager Tony Mowbray said: “We’re very conscious that by scoring goals he’s bringing a spotlight on himself which is part of football.

“He’s a player we’re talking to contractually, it’s part of trying to build this club.”

There has been constant links with West Ham throughout the window, and before, with David Moyes in the market for a new striker, but nothing has materialised in terms of an offer.

Rovers bought Armstrong from Newcastle United in 2018 for £1.75m after a prolific loan spell in which he scored nine times to help the club win promotion from League One.

He managed the same number in his first full season, but since the start of 2020 has become the division’s most in-form striker, scoring 27 times in the calendar year.

Armstrong is going through something of a barren run by his standards, with just two goals in his last nine appearances, but remains key to their plans both short and long-term.

While Rovers agreed a contract extension with Dack, there remains several other players heading into the final months of their current deals which the club are working to extend.

They include Academy graduates Ryan Nyambe and Joe Rankin-Costello and midfielder Joe Rothwell, while the club are expected to reward Tyrhys Dolan’s progress with a contract more fitting of his status within the squad.

More experienced members of the squad are also out of contract in the summer, though are likely to be reviewed closer to their time of their expiry.

They include: Elliott Bennett, Derrick Williams, Amari’i Bell, Lewis Holtby, Corry Evans and Bradley Johnson.

Charlie Mulgrew, currently out on loan at Fleetwood Town, is also out of contract in the summer when the loan deals for Jarrad Branthwaite. Barry Douglas, Tom Trybull and Harvey Elliott will expire.

“We’re having quite a few conversations with our players. But it’s not normal times,” Mowbray said.

“Footballers contracts keep running down, pandemic or not, and that date is running closer and closer so we’re trying to protect assets as we go on.

“I would like to have all our assets on long contracts and if anyone wants to take them then they’re going to have to pay a lot of money for them.”