Rovers boss Tony Mowbray has revealed Southampton forward Michael Obafemi will not be heading to Ewood Park.

The club had agreed a fee with Southampton for the Republic of Ireland international following Adam Armstrong’s £15 million move to St Mary’s.

The 21-year-old has fallen down the Saints’ pecking order and was left out of the squad for their opening Premier League fixture against Everton over the weekend.

However, negotiations did not advance any further and Mowbray says he has not met the player in person.

"I think it's fallen off the radar, I would have to say," said the Blackburn boss. "He's never a player that we got to the point that I met him or spoke to him.

“It felt as though it was something that could create a balance, but it probably didn't suit either party and it doesn't look to me as though that one will materialise."

Obafemi has also been linked with a move to Bournemouth, while a club overseas are also looking at his availability.

Despite missing out on the striker, Mowbray is still hopeful of adding to his squad before the end of the transfer window.

The club is unlikely to invest much of the fee received for Armstrong, but permanent deals have not been ruled out.

However, the Blackburn boss admits it is tough to compete with the spending of some of the teams in the Championship.

"We expect players to arrive before the deadline," he added. "Conversations are ongoing really with a few good players and a good few clubs.

“We've met several players here, talked to them and their advisors and introduced them to our facility.

"We'll see what the reaction is. The bottom line is we don't put the gun to anybody's head and we're not in a position to offer people more money than a lot of teams in this league.

“It's not easy, but we're doing our very best to sign players that we hope can help our team to improve or at some point in the future have the potential to help our squad improve."