Steve Cotterill is optimistic his long wait to boost his threadbare squad will soon be at an end – but admits he will now have to wait until next week to land any new recruits.
The Blues boss is closing in on two new players – one permanent signing and one a season-long loan deal.
However, he does not expect either to be completed in time for tomorrow’s Championship showdown with Brighton.
Cotterill has revealed his top loan target is from the Premier League but refused to identify him.
Chelsea left-back Patrick van Aanholt and Aston Villa utility player Chris Herd have been strongly linked in recent weeks.
And both would fit the bill in terms of what the Blues boss did reveal.
Cotterill said: ‘There is probably more likelihood of something happening next week as opposed to this week.
‘David Lampitt is still in talks with people and it probably isn’t going to happen before the weekend.
‘I have to prepare with what I’ve got for this weekend.
‘If they come in after 12pm on Friday, they can’t play anyway, unless they are coming in on loan and that’s not one of the issues at the moment.
‘There is a loan player who I want to take and I’ve spoken to the (his) manager about it this week.
‘That’s one that I can deal with straight with the manager but he is still a little bit light in his own squad at the moment.
‘When you want to take players from the Premier League, managers are reluctant to let players go until they have filled their own squads – and rightly so.
‘You wouldn’t want to be giving yourself another problem.
‘We’re in dialogue, the player is interested and wants to come, so that’s always a bonus.
‘The player’s agent wants him to come so we’ve just got to wait and try to be patient with that one.
‘Hopefully, we can have him for the rest of the season.
‘I would be happy with that. He’s only a young player but he’s a good young one.’
The other target is more intriguing, with the chase for Burnley striker Martin Paterson apparently coming to an end.
But Cotterill’s preferred cloak and dagger tactics mean he is giving little away – although he did shoot down rumours of a move for Barnsley striker Danny Haynes.
Cotterill said: ‘I haven’t read that one. There is no truth in that.
‘I don’t know where that’s come from.
‘I will always speak to the manager if I am ever going to do anything and I haven’t bumped into Keith Millen since the end of last season.’
While Pompey’s recruitment drive has apparently come to a halt in recent weeks, Cotterill is still determined to add five more players to the squad.
He said: ‘We probably need about five players. I don’t think we will get five permanent signings and it might not happen at the end of the month, either.
‘The window might close and then it re-opens for emergency loans.
‘But I’m looking to strengthen in a few positions. I know where we are and I know where we need to strengthen.’