Transfer target Gary Roberts has confirmed Pompey have had an undisclosed bid for his services turned down.
The 31-year-old attacking midfielder is widely expected to follow new Blues manager Paul Cook from Chesterfield to Fratton Park, as first reported by The News earlier this month.
And responding to the question of whether he would be moving to the south coast on social media site Twitter, Roberts replied: ‘There’s been a bid an (sic) it’s been turned down... That’s what I know’
Speaking to The News on Thursday, former Pompey midfielder Simon Ferry, who played with Roberts at Swindon backed the attacking midfielder to be a success should he follow recent signings Kyle Bennett and Kal Naismith in moving to Pompey.
It is understood the Blues are battling Bury for Roberts’ signature.
Favouring a central role, the 31-year-old is a skilful performer who last season netted eight times in 42 games.
The Spireites favourite also weighed in with 11 assists – while in Chesterfield’s 2013-14 League Two title-winning campaign produced 10.
Roberts, who is contracted at the Proact Stadium until the summer of 2016, would command a transfer fee.