Bristol Rovers transfer state of play as Joey Barton reveals what they’re waiting on

There could be a late flurry of transfer activity towards the end of August

Joey Barton has revealed he still wants up to six signings for Bristol Rovers before the summer transfer window closes.

Lewis Gibson was Bristol Rovers’ sixth signing of the window when he signed on loan from Everton last week, but he has insisted he still wants six more.

Gibson’s arrival last week made him the sixth newest face in two months since the window opened on June 10.

The Gas boss however wants to sign the same number of players in a 13-day time frame, which also includes three matches.

He said: “We’re scrapping away and working on it. I know the players I want to take, six players but whether I get them or not is another thing.

“There are other targets but yesterday we said okay they are the boys that we want. Some will naturally go in the dying embers of the window because that is the way their parent club want to keep it.

“Others will be loans and you will be waiting on ‘okay this player is back fit he can go out on loan’ or next week’s round of league cup ties will have players kept in and we’re told they are playing in the cup for their team then obviously they will come back out.”

Barton’s comments hinted that some targets he is targeting are waiting on their status from their ‘parent clubs’ which could hint at another dip into the loan market.

Some could feature in the Carabao Cup matches next week for their clubs before freeing themselves to join Barton in the West Country.

Rovers may have the benefit of more trust from clubs higher up in the football pyramid due to the success of last season’s loanees, in particular Connor Taylor and Elliot Anderson.

Taylor signed on loan from Stoke last June, and played 42 games for the Gas last season and his good form was rewarded with a new three year deal with the Potters when he returned. The center back has now started in all of Stoke’s Championship games this season.

Anderson was a revelation in Bristol after signing mere minutes before the January transfer window shut, and racked up seven goals and six assists in his time at the club, earning him the Young Player of the Month award for April and a squad in Eddie Howe’s Premier League squad for this season.

He added: “I’m hoping to get stuff done as quick as we can but again you can only do it as quick as it presents itself.

“Six remains the target for sure. I have been vocal about that all the time and if we get five I would be happy. If I get three I would be p***ed off if we get six I would be buzzing.

“Clearly identifying who they are is key there are still a couple of them that are moving because whether they stay in or out of the club is a different thing.

“We’ve pretty much firmed up the ones that we want to take, it’s just whether they want to sign for us now.”