IPSWICH are on the trail of Pompey duo Joel Ward and Jason Pearce.
The Blues’ Championship rivals have lodged a bid for the highly-rated young pair, according to sources in East Anglia.
Pearce joined Pompey from Bournemouth in the summer and has impressed at the heart of the defence, while Ward excelled at Fratton Park last season.
Blues boss Michael Appleton, however, has recently stated he is under no pressure to sell players despite parent company CSI’s descent into administration.
Appleton has already got the smallest squad in the Football League and cannot afford to have his numbers reduced any further.