Rovers are braced for interest in Adam Armstrong this summer.

It comes as Rovers have been placed under a transfer embargo, with the club hoping the accounts submitted to the EFL, which have to published on Companies House by the end of June, will see them avoid breaking Profit and Sustainability rules.

Filing the accounts on time, and meeting the P&S spending limits, would see the embargo removed ahead of what is looking set to be a pivotal summer for the club, on and off the field.

The future of the 20-goal top scorer, who will be coming into the final year of his Ewood Park deal, will be key to the club's finances and likely summer rebuild, with Everton the latest Premier League club to have shown interest.

Armstrong’s contractual situation, and the need to strengthen a squad which will be depleted by the return of the club’s five loanees and the prospect of some out of contract players moving on, could see Rovers moved to sell the 24-year-old.

He has gone six games without a goal, having seen a late penalty saved in the defeat to Bournemouth, his longest stretch of the season, still leaving him one short of 50 league goals for the club.

Armstrong has 20 in all competitions this season but has been blighted by a persistent hamstring concern over the last month that has seen him play just twice since the defeat at Reading on March 2.

He was back in the side against Bournemouth where he is said to have been watched by a number of Premier League clubs.

Newcastle United, who sold him to Rovers for £1.75m in 2018 after an initial loan spell in which he scored nine times, will have an eye on negotiations due to a sell-on clause in the deal which saw him leave his boyhood club.

Indeed, they themselves could steal a march on other sides, including West Ham United who hold a long-term interest, and use that sell-on clause to negotiate a knockdown price.

Rovers won’t want to lose Armstrong, but the prospect of seeing him leave for free in 2022 should he not sign a new contract, could force their hand.

It would also help ease the financial burden on owners Venky’s, with Rovers having made just one seven figure sale, that of goalkeeper David Raya to Brentford in 2019, since Ben Marshall’s departure in January 2017.