Rovers were last night working to conclude a deal for Lincoln City left back Tayo Edun with the club preparing to be active on transfer deadline day.

Edun is set to complete a six-figure move from the League One club today and become the first permanent signing of the summer.

Brighton winger Reda Khadra travelled up to East Lancashire yesterday, though there are doubts an injury that had previously seen the deal delayed could now cause it to collapse after a second medical.

It leaves the prospect of Rovers adding at least three more players to their ranks before the 11pm cut-off point.

A striker remains the most important bit of business this summer, with permanent and loan options being considered. Owners Venky’s had sanctioned funds to find Adam Armstrong’s replacement, but have too given the green light for the permanent signing of Edun, with a reported fee of £500,000.

Aberdeen attacker Ryan Hedges is one option under consideration, while Jamal Lowe has also come onto the club’s radar with Swansea City ready to listen to offer for the 27-year-old who netted 15 goals last season.

That would be to help fund their own striker search, with Rovers’ summer business set to go down to the wire.

Four new faces arrived on deadline day in October and a similar number isn’t being ruled out this time around.

Departures are also expected with a host of clubs interested in Rovers’ young players, while Harry Chapman has courted interest from several League One sides who want to take him on loan.

Incomings will be the main focus however, with Rovers so far having made three loan signings, bringing in Jan Paul van Hecke, Ian Poveda and Leighton Clarkson from Brighton, Leeds United and Liverpool respectively.

Van Hecke was supposed to be the first of two loan signings from Brighton, but doubt has been cast on the likelihood of Khadra signing, despite the 20-year-old winger having travelled up to East Lancashire for a second time.

An ankle injury saw that deal delayed, Rovers in the meantime bringing in Poveda, but the club still intended to sign Khadra as well, though that was hanging in the balance last night.

Speaking of Khadra last week, Mowbray said: “I have met Reda. We have to make a call if we want to progress these things how long these knocks are going to take to heal.”

Mowbray had suggested Rovers’ sole permanent signing of the window would be for a striker, though Edun fits the bill for the profile of player that the club have tended to target, into the final year of his deal at Lincoln City and with plenty of potential to kick on.

Edun can play in midfield, but will offer Rovers competition at left back having brought in Harry Pickering on deadline day in January.

Hedges, of Aberdeen, is one of the attacking options Rovers are looking at as Mowbray hopes to share the goalscoring load after Adam Armstrong’s departure.

The Scottish Premiership side are wanting in excess of £500,000 for Hedges, despite the 26-year-old moving into the final year of his deal.

Welshman Hedges scored nine times last season, and is off the mark in this campaign, but is currently out injured.

And boss Stephen Glass says that while his contractual situation does make things more difficult, the club won’t be pressed into a sale.

He said: “It exposes us slightly, the fact that he is in his last year, but I think if he is being sensible he is at a great club, he is doing well, he is enjoying his football.

“He’s a really attractive player and if he does really well you never know what can happen for him.”

“It’s important to me that players don’t jump at the first opportunity.

“He can sign for someone in January but I think he has to be careful who he selects if he does that.”

Rovers will look to use up all five of their loan spots, with three already filled, but would prefer a permanent option in attack to help replace Armstrong.

Another attacking midfielder on loan hasn’t been ruled out on what is expected to be a busy final day.

Incomings will impact on departures, and Khadra’s future could well affect that of Chapman. The 23-year-old, who scored seven times in 23 appearances during a half season loan at Shrewsbury Town, has a host of League One clubs wanting to sign him.

But Rovers could well wait to see what happens on the incomings front before deciding his next move.

Oxford United, Doncaster Rovers and Scunthorpe United have all been credited with interest in Connor McBride, while Sam Burns’ strong start to the season for the Under-23s has also seen his name mentioned with a possible loan move.

Full back Dan Pike has been offered the chance of a move into non-league, but Rovers would prefer him to play at a higher level.

Tyler Magloire, despite coming off the bench in the draw at Middlesbrough, could well move out on loan before the 11pm deadline, as could Dan Butterworth.