Tony Mowbray was keen to steer away from talking about individuals but confirmed that a move is close for Hertha Berlin defender Deyovaisio Zeefuik.

A period of isolation has held up a move for the Dutch right back who arrived in East Lancashire to finalise the deal last weekend.

The 23-year-old is set to sign an initial loan deal, with the option for a permanent move in the summer, ahead of the weekend trip to Cardiff City, but isn’t expected to be part of the travelling party.

Mowbray says three or four other deals are being worked on as Rovers look to add to their options in January.

“I hope the next day or so that situation changes and we’ll have something to tell you,” Mowbray said when asked about Zeefuik.

“The isolation period is what is holding it up.

“Apart from that I’d prefer to talk about the situation when you see the pictures of him getting signed.”

Zeefuik will become the third loan player at the club after Leighton Clarkson’s deal from Liverpool was cut short earlier in the month after the midfielder only made seven appearances since making the switch to Ewood.

Ian Poveda is back at Leeds United after an ankle injury, though Rovers have now confirmed that Brighton duo Jan Paul van Hecke and Reda Khadra will be staying for the duration of their season-long loan deals.

Rovers are on the hunt for other new faces in a bid to add to the squad ahead of the January window.

While enquiries have been made about MK Dons midfielder Matt O’Riley, their valuation of £2m would likely be out of Rovers' reach.

Mowbray added: “There are three or four deals bouncing around behind the scenes.

“They’re never easy, it’s always time against money, I say that every transfer window.

“If you’ve got loads of money you go in really early on and pay the asking price and you get the deal done.

“If you leave it later and later then the deals come back towards you.

“We’re in negotiation mode with a few clubs but in the not too distant future we might be able to bring some conclusions to one or two.”

One player who Rovers have considered a move for is Tottenham Hotspur forward Dilan Markanday.

The 20-year-old has scored 12 goals in 14 Premier League 2 games this season, with a further five assists.

Markanday played in the 3-3 draw with Rovers earlier this season, but his situation is complicated by ongoing contract talks.

The forward sees his current deal expire in the summer, and it was expected that he would sign a new deal before being loaned out in January.

That is yet to materialise however, and asked of Rovers’ interest, Mowbray said: “I don’t know how close any deals are.

“Dilan Markanday has won a couple of player of the month awards in the Under-23s league.

“He’s a young boy, we’re aware of him, I’m not sure how close anything is.

“He fits the profile of the type of footballer we might want to sign somewhere down the line as a lot of clubs in this league would.

“Young players that you polish up and in a year or so they think ‘wow, where’s he come from?’

“You have to see the raw talent with these players and there are a few young players on our radar and I think it’s best until something materialises that we don’t talk too much about players from other football clubs."

Mowbray added: “I hope we come out of this window stronger than we went into it.

“There will be a few players going out on loan to learn their trade and get some experience and some new ones coming in and hopefully help the first-team trying to win matches.”