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Tony's transfer update

"There's lots going on," says the boss, as Rovers close in on more signings

28 June 2018

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Rovers manager Tony Mowbray has provided a positive update with regard to the club's activity in the summer transfer window.

The boss has made one addition to his squad so far ahead of the 2018/19 campaign, with Joe Rothwell joining from Oxford on a three-year deal.

With a first pre-season game just around the corner, Mowbray says his staff are working tirelessly behind the scenes to further deals done.

“I can imagine it’s easy to look at it and feel like there’s not much going on, but there’s lots going on," he said.

"My phone doesn’t stop, you’re juggling five or six balls at the same time. It’s about finding the right players at the right price.

"It’s also about how many players are we going to bring in on loan and how many are we going to sign and make our own.

"Ideally, we sign as many as we can to build the club. If some clubs spend big money, it sort of sets a trend.

"Some Championship clubs are spending seven or eight million on players and it’s setting the bar quite high.

“Sometimes, if you do deals really early, you pay top price. As it goes on, the numbers come down to a more realistic figure.

"It’s a game that people play, every club does it. If money is no object and you’ve got £50 million to spend on a player, you just go and get them, but that’s the game we’re in.

"We are talking to clubs, and we have made some offers, so let’s wait and see."

Mowbray and his players are currently in Austria on a week-long training camp ahead of the new season, but the boss says conversations are ongoing both at home and abroad in terms of signings.

“I’m on the phone pretty regularly out here. Our recruitment team are working really hard behind the scenes, talking to a few clubs," he added.

"It's tough, because some of the young players we want to sign are potentially going away with their clubs on pre-season.

"We’re talking to some Premier League teams who at this moment are a bit undecided on whether they’re taking young players away.

"The complication is the World Cup, of course, with plenty of senior players away and not on pre-season trips.

"Young players might fill those spaces, so it’s dragging on. In an ideal world, you have your squad before you come away, but we have to be patient.

"We’ll probably give everyone a run-out at Hibs, but at the minute I’m not overly concerned.

"The wheels are turning behind the scenes and we’re getting closer to signing more players."

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