Blackburn Rovers are set to confirm Kyle McFadzean as their fourth January signing, The Lancashire Telegraph can exclusively reveal.

The experienced Coventry City defender will sign a short-term deal until the end of the season, bolstering Jon Dahl Tomasson's defensive options.

The head coach has been desperate for experience at the back after Daniel Ayala left in the summer and, at the age of 37, the Sky Blues defender will certainly offer that. He is comfortably the oldest signing of the Gregg Broughton era.

Rovers have been reluctant to offer deals of more than 12 months to players with little resale value which was a major stumbling block in their attempts to sign Danny Batth in the summer.

However, McFadzean will be a short-term addition and is seen as an ideal player to boost the dressing room and add Championship experience.

The defender was a regular for Mark Robins last season as Coventry reached the Championship play-off final. He's been out of favour since a switch in formation from a back three to a back four, though, and wants the opportunity to play more regularly.

Rovers are without Hayden Carter for the next 10 weeks whilst Connor O'Riordan is highly rated but untested at Championship level. Harry Pickering and Callum Brittain are also out injured and so defensively, the squad is stretched.

Adam Wharton's move to Crystal Palace will be confirmed today but Rovers are not expected to go on a last-minute trolley dash. A central midfielder is not out of the question to replace Wharton but it will depend on the finances and players available.

Rovers still have an interest in Duncan McGuire but that deal is still in the balance. Other forward players have been targeted too and it's inconceivable an attacking addition won't arrive before Thursday's 11pm deadline.