Pompey remain in pole position to land David Norris, with his switch to Fratton Park a ‘done deal’.
The Blues still look firmly in the box seat to complete a move for the out-of-contract Ipswich man.
Pompey have held talks with the player’s representatives which reached a positive conclusion.
A number of clubs are keen to land the 30-year-old, who was captain at Portman Road last season.
Hull were the latest team to be linked with Norris this week, joining a list of clubs including Wigan, Crystal Palace, Nottingham Forest and Leeds who are keen on securing his services.
But sources in east Yorkshire say the Tigers have given up hope of landing the player, believing a move to Pompey is a ‘done deal’.
The Blues have to wait until their takeover is completed to get the transfer over the line for the man who scored 11 goals in 43 appearances last season.