Steve Waggott said the transfer had been ‘very difficult’ for Rovers and that a deal for a striker had fallen through ‘for medical reasons’.

In a fans’ forum meeting, the club’s Chief Executive confirmed the club had pursued the signing of Michael Obafemi, though the player ‘didn’t want to move north’ and later signed for Swansea City on deadline day.

Rovers made one permanent signing in the window, that of Tayo Edun from Lincoln City, alongside four loan recruits, but missed out on a striker despite the sale of Adam Armstrong.

Waggott said the summer window ‘had been very difficult’ due to Premier League clubs being reluctant to release players due to the European Championships, and added: “A deal with another striker the club were keen to sign had unfortunately fallen through at the last minute for medical reasons.”

Waggott said that deal could be resurrected in January, with ‘a small budget available’ and that a free agent move for a striker was also not being ruled out.

The departure of Adam Armstrong to Southampton was the biggest news of the summer, the striker leaving for what Waggott said was an undisclosed fee, with add-ons and a ‘significant’ sell-on clause.

Fans have expressed concern about the number of players out of contract next summer, with Waggott stating that discussions were continuing with their representatives, as well as others who were the club were keen to tie down.

The meeting was told that fans’ consultation meetings are set to resume, with one planned before the end of the year, with Waggott also giving an update on season tickets.

He revealed the club had sold 6,995, with 8,500 having been sold in 2019/20, and while they remain on sale, the Hull City game was the final one where fans could offset any tickets bought against the cost of a season ticket.

It was also revealed that the 1875 Membership Scheme would also be re-launched.

Away fans will continue to be housed in the lower tier of the Darwen End, the decision taken after the West Bromwich Albion game last month.

Concerns were raised in the meeting about the £25 minimum ticket price at Ewood Park for adults, and also issues around Blues Bar and the £3 entry charge post 1pm and 6.30pm on matchdays.

Waggott said that Blues Bar currently has a membership of 160 and a capacity of 250, and would look into the staffing levels, and costings.

The club also said issues of queuing on the concourses, particularly at half time, were being looked into, with problems having arisen due to staffing numbers, though partners Sodexo were working to address that and bring in staff from other areas.

Another issue raised was that of the matchday programme which has been removed and replaced by a monthly magazine. Waggott said it wasn’t cost effective to produce a matchday programme for collectors.