Michael Appleton feels everyone will be a winner if Wes Thomas can extend his stay at Pompey.
Striker Thomas is on loan with the Blues from Bournemouth until after the League One clash at Sheffield United on October 29.
But Pompey boss Appleton is hoping to keep the 25-year-old at Fratton Park for another month, with Thomas’ promising displays coinciding with the club’s four-match unbeaten run in the league going into today’s match with Shrewsbury.
Appleton has already made ‘polite moves’ with Bournemouth in an attempt to hold on to Thomas.
And he plans to speak to Eddie Howe in the next few days, after the Cherries’ new manager admitted he would think ‘long and hard’ over whether to allow his forward to remain with Pompey.
With Thomas unlikely to get regular first-team football should he return to Dean Court, though, Appleton insists the Londoner would be better off to keep playing for the Blues.
And once he gets a definitive answer from Thomas over what he wants to do, Pompey’s boss will plead his case that a loan extension is the best scenario for all parties involved.
Appleton said: ‘I’ve not spoken to Eddie (Howe) personally but we’ve put a couple of polite questions into Bournemouth.
‘I’ve spoken to Wes’ agent and the lad himself and he tells me that he would love to stay.
It’s one thing going back to a football club but, if you’re not going to be used, as a player you’re going to be disappointed and it will probably benefit both clubs as it is at the minute, anyway.
‘I will make a personal enquiry to Eddie once I get a rough idea where him (Thomas) and his agent are and whether they 100 per cent want to stay for another month.
‘Wes can have an opinion which can obviously sway what happens.’
Since Thomas’ Fratton Park arrival towards the end of last month, Pompey had been unbeaten in their four league matches before today, winning three and drawing at high-flying MK Dons.
Thomas has scored twice in the process, while he has brought the best out of fellow striker Izale McLeod.
The former Barnet man has thrived in their partnership, netting in each of his past four matches.
But despite the successful double act, Appleton will use the rest of this month to look for more options up front, should Bournemouth recall Thomas.
The Blues boss added: ‘We’ve still got a couple of weeks to come up with the right solution.
‘I’ve said it before that if we get an opportunity to keep Wes then we will do.
‘But the fact we’ve got him until after the Sheffield United game means we’ve got more time to find other options just in case he has to go back.’