Hull defender Liam Cooper is being pursued by Pompey as the transfer window nears its end.
The Blues have made an approach to take the 20-year-old on an initial month’s loan.
They are expected to be given an answer today, as they aim to push the deal through in time for the player to potentially feature against Oldham on Saturday.
The News understands, however, the sticking point could be down to the youngster’s reluctance to leave his home town for football at the other end of the country.
Born-and-bred in Hull, previously Cooper spent time on loan at Carlisle and Huddersfield in 2011.
Last season he made nine first-team appearances for the Tigers but will need persuading to make the switch to Fratton Park.
In addition, Pompey are seeking significant help from the Tigers in financing the arrangement.
With their budget remaining tight during administration, Hull would be required to cover the majority of Cooper’s loan wages.
That could also prove to be a problem, although it is understood manager Steve Bruce is happy for the deal to go through.
However, it will ultimately be up to his Hull board to rubber-stamp the deal.
Cooper made his Hull debut at the age of 18 at Liverpool in the Premier League.
He has since gone on to make 17 first-team appearances.
In the second half of the 2010-11 campaign he made seven appearances on loan at Carlisle.
Last season the central defender joined Huddersfield on a season-long loan.
But half-way through the season, he requested to cut his spell short and return to the KC Stadium to impress new boss Nick Barmby.
Cooper is also a Scotland under-19 international.