Adam Reach is set to make a decision on his future this week – with an offer on the table from Rovers for the former Sheffield Wednesday man and the club firmly in the running to make him their first summer signing.

The Lancashire Telegraph revealed at the start of the window that the 28-year-old was on Rovers’ radar following his Owls departure, and a move to Ewood Park remains in the offing.

Although his contract with Wednesday expired at the end of last month, any player not fixed up before the end of July are paid that month’s salary as part of a severance package. That is what is understood to be holding up several deals across the EFL, with Reach having been on a hefty salary during his time with Hillsborough.

Reach would boost Rovers’ midfield options that have been left decimated by a raft of summer departures, though that did help trim the wage bill, with 11 players down from last season’s squad numbers as things stand.

Former Boro man Reach is available on a free transfer after leaving the Owls where he made 219 appearances, and impressed against Rovers last season, scoring a wonder goal in the 1-1 draw at Ewood Park in December and then setting up the winner for Josh Windass at Hillsborough in April.

Reach is also a player well known to Mowbray, indeed the Rovers manager handed him his senior debut in May 2011, aged 18, scoring a last minute goal in a win over Doncaster.

He made 40 appearances for Wednesday last season, scoring three times, as they were relegated to League One, and was one of a host of players released at the end of their deals, which included former Rovers striker Jordan Rhodes who has since signed for Huddersfield Town.

Reach is able to play in a variety of positions, most recently used as a wing-back, but most notably as a wide player, but also in a central midfield role.

Rovers are yet to add to their squad this summer with a little over a month to go in the window.

Earlier this month, Wednesday accepted a suspended six-point deduction if they failed to meet any wage payments on time before June 30 2022. That would be reduced to a suspended three-point deduction if they met all agreed payments by the end of the year.

They began last season on minus 12 points, reduced to six on appeal, but a final day draw at Derby County wasn’t enough to keep them in the Championship.