Jason Pearce today told Pompey: Come and get me.
The Blues had an undisclosed bid for the highly-regarded defender knocked back by Bournemouth earlier this week.
But the 23-year-old former Fratton Park trainee remains desperate to play in the Championship next season.
And Pompey lead a pack of clubs including Peterborough, Barnsley and Reading eager to make that happen.
The Cherries are willing to listen to offers for Pearce, yet so far have not received one which satisfies them.
Any potential transfer has also been complicated by a 50-per-cent sell-on clause in his contract entitling Pompey to half of any fee.
A return to Fratton Park would be attractive for Pearce, who was on the club’s books for 10 years before moving to Dean Court in 2007.
And his agent, Clive Berlin, admitted it would be a move which would interest him.
Berlin said: ‘As far as I am aware, Portsmouth have made a bid and that has been turned down.
‘The ball is now in their court and whether they improve it or not.
‘Jason would be interested, though. Without being disrespectful to Bournemouth, as far as Jason is concerned he is more than good enough to play higher than where he is.
‘He is no different to any other player in that respect.
‘Portsmouth are among a number of Championship clubs who have shown interest.
‘It seems Bournemouth are also prepared to sell him at a price.
‘I have no idea what price that is. I wish I did, it would make things a lot easier.
‘I don’t think they have even said that he is not for sale at any price, so it is what it is.
‘But there is interest in Jason – and he is interested.’
Pearce joined Pompey at the age of 10 when spotted playing six-a-side football in Aldershot.
He went on to be given professional terms in 2006.
Yet, after loan spells at Bognor and Woking, Pearce was allowed to join Bournemouth in 2007.
Since then, he has amassed 183 appearances for the Cherries, scoring eight goals.
Following their League One play-off semi-final defeat last season, there have been plenty of clubs coveting their stars.
And Berlin is hoping his client’s future can be sorted out soon.
He added: ‘Jason is a Bournemouth player and will remain so until a bid has been accepted.
‘He is aware of what is going on but it is not in his hands.
‘Someone has to come in with a reasonable offer before anything can happen.
‘How long that will take I cannot possibly guess.’
Meanwhile, Pompey target Jason Shackell has completed a switch to Derby.
The Blues were in the hunt for the 27-year-old Barnsley defender but he elected to make the switch to Pride Park in a deal in excess of £1m.