Blackburn Rovers manager Gary Bowyer has vowed to choose quality over quantity when dealing in the transfer market this summer.
Rovers signed 14 players during the 2013/14 season but Bowyer has insisted he wants the “right type” of player at the Sky Bet Championship club for the upcoming season.
He now faces the challenge of identifying those players whilst working around obstacles such as Financial Fair Play rules and the World Cup.
He told the Lancashire Telegraph: “We’re working hard to bring players in but don’t need to bring 12-13 in like we did last year.
“That has made it a little bit easier but there’s a lot of work gone in to finding the right types and the right characters. We’re not going to go off from the formula that we thought was successful last season.
“Then you’ve got the World Cup, which means the Premier League boys are waiting to see who they are going to bring in and who they are going to allow out on loan.
“But we are working very hard and it’s not just a case of bringing somebody in to sit on the bench – we want to bring somebody in who will push the lads.”
Bowyer understands, though, that it is important to make some signings before pre-season really gets going.
With striker Luke Varney already set to join from Leeds when his contract expires, the Blackburn boss hopes to have added one or two more to his side by then.
He said: “It’s starting to hot up a little bit.
“After the season finishes people put out a couple of feelers but with the first day of pre-season coming upon us quickly, the agents and the clubs are starting to become a bit more active and hopefully something becomes of the endless phone calls we’ve had.
“Come the start of pre-season we certainly hope to have a couple more new faces in.
“Then we’ll take it from there in terms of who is available and what we can do.”