Left back remains a position that Rovers will look to strengthen this summer – despite already having one new arrival.

Harry Pickering joined up with his Rovers team-mates for the first-time last month but will do so on a full-time basis when the players return for pre-season training.

He signed from Crewe in January for around £650,000 but was loaned back to the League One club for the remainder of the campaign.

With Amari’i Bell having been released, the full back having started the last three matches of the season, and Barry Douglas’ loan spell coming to an end after 31 appearances, Rovers will look for another option in that position.

Douglas said he would consider a return to Ewood Park should the offer arise, having been let go by Leeds United at the end of his deal, but Rovers will consider other options to compete with Pickering.

That includes SC Freiburg left back Chima Okoroji who has been offered to the club as a potential option.

Rovers have scouted the German second division, where he has been playing for SC Paderborn in the last year, but complications over Brexit rules would make deals harder to do.

However, Okoroji has an English passport thanks to his mum being from Liverpool which would smooth over any concerns over eligibility, with Stoke City, along with Rovers, said to be weighing up a possible deal, with Freiburg open to a sale.

The 24-year-old played 17 times last season for Paderborn but wasn’t a regular in the side.

During his career, which started out in the youth ranks of Bayern Munich, he has played for second tier side SSV Jahn Regensburg, making 32 appearances in 2019/20, but has struggled to make an impact with Freiburg who he joined in 2019.

Okoroji, who has also played further forward on the left flank, has a year left to run on his current contract.