George Thorne is ready to answer Pompey’s SOS – if the Football League are prepared to sanction the deal.
The West Brom midfielder impressed for the Blues during a previous spell earlier this campaign and the Baggies are prepared to let him rejoin on loan - and would also continue to pay his wages.
Pompey boss Michael Appleton has also lined up another potential recruit as he bids to steer the club through an injury crisis.
But he was waiting to discover the outcome of talks held yesterday between chief financial officer John Redgate and the Football League over whether the deals would be allowed.
Appleton said: ‘I’ve been trying to speak to a couple of clubs about the possibility of bringing a couple of players in. George Thorne might be one of them.
‘We would take either free agents or loans. But I’ve got a couple of loans ready to come into the building which will not cost the club a penny.
‘I’ve had to use my contacts in the game to do a couple of favours for us. If we don’t get help from the Football League in trying to bring players in, then we have to get on with it. I have no other answers.’