AFC Wimbledon have announced Matt Tubbs is to be recalled by Bournemouth – opening the door to sign for Pompey.
The Cherries have cancelled the season-long loan as the 14-goal striker seeks to resolve his future.
In the process, Wombles boss Neal Ardley has admitted defeat in their attempts to convince him to sign permanently.
Non-league Bristol Rovers had also been vying for the striker.
But, as revealed in The News, Fratton Park is the destination as the Blues seek to add Tubbs to their squad ahead of this weekend’s visit to Newport County.