Rovers are set for a test of their resolve over left back James Husband, The Star understands.
Interest is growing in the 20-year-old with losing FA Cup finalists Hull City the latest to be linked with making a bid.
Husband is Rovers’ main saleable asset and the only player who could command a considerable transfer fee, given his qualities and obvious potential.
With the playing budget set to be considerably trimmed and a drop in funding of more than £6million, the Rovers hierarchy are likely to be tempted should a reasonable bid be lodged.
Husband has a year remaining on his deal, and with Rovers not in a position to offer him an improved deal, they face the risk of losing him for a cut price in January or for nothing next summer.
Wigan Athletic and Wolverhampton Wanderers are also reportedly considering mounting a bid for Husband’s services.
It is understood that Husband is not one of the players who has a ‘get-out’ clause in his contract which would enable him to leave Rovers with little resistance following relegation to League One.
Only Husband and Rob Jones have active contracts which predate last summer, when it is understood such clauses began to appear.