Pompey remain in talks with Stevenage in a bid to bring Patrick Agyemang back to Fratton Park.
The striker returned to his parent club today following the expiration of his one-month loan stay with the Blues.
But caretaker boss Guy Whittingham is hopeful a swift return can be agreed, with the two League One clubs deep in discussion.
Agyemang made six Pompey appearances during his initial month-long stay, with his only goal coming in last Saturday’s 2-1 win at Crewe.
Despite that modest return, Whittingham was pleased with his contribution and has prepared for tomorrow’s visit of Bury with the striker in mind.
Whether the front man makes a Fratton comeback remains up to Stevenage.
But knowing the striker would like to continue his Blues adventure, Whittingham is hopeful a resolution can be found.
‘We want to keep him and we’re trying desperately to keep him,’ he said.
‘Stevenage are in a position where they’re saying they want him back but we’re still trying to sort a deal.
‘I think Patrick’s a little disappointed.
‘He’s come here and played football, enjoyed it and his confidence was building.
‘He doesn’t know whether he’s going back to Stevenage to play or not. So we are still doing all we can to keep him.’
If those talks prove unproductive, Whittingham said he would be keen to bring Agyemang back on a free transfer – with the striker’s deal at the Lamex Stadium due to expire in the summer.
He said: ‘Patrick’s one of the guys we were bringing in to see how they would fit in for next season and he’s still very much in our thoughts.’