Rovers could make moves in the European market this summer - but chief executive Steve Waggott isn’t expecting an influx of overseas signings.

Tony Mowbray, and his recruitment team led by Stuart Harvey, have spent time on the continent in recent months looking at prospective signings.

Mowbray sees value, and quality, in the European market and the club have doubled the investment in their recruitment department.

However, the boss is also keen to add players with Championship experience to his squad and has conceded that any overseas signings would require time to settle.

Rovers are yet to add to their squad, a month on from the season ending, with just over two weeks left until the players return from training.

“Tony has a few on the radar, on his shortlist, and it could happen,” Waggott told the Lancashire Telegraph.

“I wouldn’t say for certain it would, but there might be more UK-based players who are slightly ahead of others in Europe.

“But in the next two or three windows I can see there being a lot more activity and getting players from Belgium, Holland, Scandinavia where the club has already recruited well from.

“It will be a gradual, incremental, expansion.

“As Tony will say, it’s not where you go, it’s the people in those countries that will feed you the information on the best players.

“It has to be qualitative as well as quantitative.”

Mowbray travelled to Holland in April to watch AZ Alkmaar, and had been impressed with midfielder Adam Maher who was available on a free transfer.

However, the 25-year-old opted to stay in the Eredivisie and has since joined FC Utrecht.

Mowbray, who has now returned from a family holiday, has also earmarked adding Championship experience to his ranks as he looks to build on this season’s 15th-placed finish.

Middlesbrough winger Stewart Downing is free to speak to other clubs, and the former England international is set to meet with Mowbray to discuss the possibility of a deal.

And it is understood enquiries have also taken place about the availability of Republic of Ireland international Glenn Whelan, though he is set to join former club Stoke City.

Asked about the likelihood of seeing overseas signings this summer, Waggott added: “We could. Stuart Harvey and his team have been out and about in Europe in the last two or three months.

“Tony and Mark Venus have been out, but you tend to find out that when you select a player, you’re not the only show in town.”