Mick McCarthy expects Matt Clarke to complete a Pompey loan deal before the start of the season.
The 18-year-old Ipswich Town player has impressed Paul Cook, who is eager to add him to his squad.
The left-sided central defender netted in Friday night’s 2-0 win at Woking, his second outing with Pompey since linking-up.
Now Cook wants to turn Clarke’s stay into a loan – and McCarthy anticipates an agreement being reached.
Although firstly the Ipswich boss wants a replacement.
McCarthy told the Ipwich Star: ‘He’ll be going on loan when I’m ready to do it, I need to make sure but he’ll probably be there before the season starts.
‘They’re delighted with him and I really want him to get some football because he’s a great kid and a good player, he needs to be playing at a professional level.
‘He will go but I just need to be sure I’m covered.’
Clarke has been training with Pompey since last week and also turned out in the 2-1 victory over Coventry City.
Elsewhere, former Pompey striker Tom Craddock has joined Vanarama National League side Guiseley.
The 28-year-old had been on trial at Cambridge United, however he has now been snapped up by the West Yorkshire-based club.
Although Craddock’s first appearance on Saturday ended in a 3-1 friendly loss at Bradford Park Avenue.
Manager Mark Bower told Radio Yorkshire: ‘Tom is going to be with us, he is a player I know from playing with earlier in my career.
‘He’s had injury problems over the last few seasons but has been fit for a good few months now, got games under his belt and been training full-time.
‘He has impressed me and showed he will be able to score goals for us and I am confident he has the qualities to fit in and am sure will be a success for us.
‘His goal-scoring record is top-notch and hopefully we can get the best out of him and he can enjoy his football again.’
Meanwhile, Emsworth forward Bradley Tarbuck bagged a double for a Stoke XI against Newcastle Town.
Tarbuck, who was released by the Blues this summer, netted twice in seven minutes to give the Potters a 2-0 victory over their Evo-Stik League Division One South opponents.
Elsewhere former Pompey skipper Ben Chorley recently turned out for Dulwich Hamlet.
The central defender featured in mid-week during a 4-0 friendly victory over Aveley.
The Hamlet play their football in the Isthmian League Premier Division.
Another ex-Blues defender released this summer, Joe Devera, has appeared for Vanarama National League newcomers Bromley in pre-season.
He turned out in their 5-0 win at VCD Athletic a week last Saturday, yet has not featured in their subsequent two matches.
Devera has also spent time training at Crawley Town.