GARY Bowyer will utilise the loan market in a bid to bolster his small Blackburn Rovers squad.
Bowyer has not completely ruled out paying a transfer fee for the first time this summer before the window for permanent signings slams shut at 11pm on Monday.
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But the Rovers boss, who returned from India on Tuesday following talks with Venky’s matriarch Anuradha Desai, admits it will be difficult unless he can find players of the calibre of Rudy Gestede and Craig Conway for similarly knockdown prices.
That is why Bowyer has set his sights on making loan additions – and in all likelihood from Premier League clubs.
“We’re still looking to bring in one or two loans and we’ll keep working on that,” said Bowyer, who managed to sign Conway and Gestede from Cardiff City for a combined fee of around £300,000.
“I wouldn’t say it’s out of the question (making a permanent transfer) and if the right one came along at the right price – like a Rudy or a Craig – then that would be up to me to bang the drum and throw my case forward.
“So I wouldn’t say no but if we can get a loan in that would be slightly better in terms of the finances because you’ve not got the outlay of a transfer fee.”
This week the holding company behind Rovers posted a £36m loss for the year ended March 31, 2014.
But that has not prevented the club’s owners Venky’s from rejecting a bid in excess of £10m from Hull City for Jordan Rhodes.
Hull boss Bruce suggested on Wednesday that Rhodes was ‘disappointed’ that he had been denied a chance to move to the Premier League outfit.
But yesterday Bowyer attempted to draw a line under the episode and stated that it was business as usual for his star striker who, fresh from being told by Venky’s that they were not willing to sell, set Rovers on their way to a 3-2 home win over Bournemouth last Saturday.
“The club issued a statement from the owners regarding the Jordan situation and as far as I’m concerned, having spoken with Jordan, that’s the end of it now,” said Bowyer, whose side head to Wolves tomorrow.
“If Jordan’s head had been turned he wouldn’t have produced that finish he did on Saturday.
“He’s worked hard again this morning, he’s accepted the decision and now he’ll go about doing what he does best.”
Rovers winger Josh King, meanwhile, could be set for an appearance at Wembley on Wednesday after being called into the Norway squad for their international friendly with England.
Norway and King then take on Italy in Oslo on September 9 in a Euro 2016 qualifier.