Pompey target David Norris has admitted he will listen to offers from other clubs after his Ipswich contract talks stalled.
And that will encourage the Blues in their pursuit of the highly-rated midfielder.
Pompey lodged several bids for the 29-year-old during the transfer window but failed to meet the Tractor Boys’ valuation.
Norris is one of 20 players out of contract at Portman Road this summer, with boss Paul Jewell insisting he will wait until their Championship future is secured before sorting out new deals.
In the meantime, Steve Cotterill has reiterated his determination to get Norris in the summer. And the Ipswich skipper is prepared to examine all of his options.
He said: ‘I’m nowhere on contract talks. I had the offer two months ago, it wasn’t quite right for me.
‘It was for two years. I was hoping to get three and since then I haven’t heard anything.
‘It hasn’t gone past the negotiation on years so there’s been no big demands.
‘I tend to leave all that stuff to my agent.
‘If someone comes in, I’m going to listen to what they have to say. I’d be stupid not to at least hear people out.
‘But I haven’t signed anything with anybody else, which I can do, so I’m still hopeful here.’