NEWLY-PROMOTED QPR have emerged as favourites to land Michael Brown.
Reports have linked the midfielder, who was named on the list of 10 players officially released by the club last week, with a move to the Championship winners.
And The News understands the 34-year-old is keen to link up with his old boss Neil Warnock once again.
The pair worked together at Sheffield United, where Brown spent four years after moving to Bramall Lane in 1999.
It was thought Brown was searching for a move closer to his Manchester base, where his family lives.
He spent his time at Fratton Park between there and a hotel in Portsmouth.
And it is understood he’d be happy to maintain a similar arrangement with the Rs if it would allow him another crack at the Premier League.
Hull and Middlesbrough were both mentioned as suitors for his services but have now fallen down the pecking order.
Meanwhile, Hull have joined the growing list of clubs being linked with a move for Pompey target David Norris.
The Blues have long been in the box seat to secure the services of the Ipswich captain, who has decided to leave Portman Road after his contract came to a close.
But Hull have now been added to a lengthening array of sides, including Wigan, Crystal Palace, Nottingham Forest and Leeds, who are said to be keen on the 30-year-old.
Palace boss Dougie Freedman has spoken of his admiration for the former Plymouth man but feels it is unlikely he will make the move to Selhurst Park.
Steve Cotterill has remained quietly confident of landing Norris, who Pompey made a late bid to bring to Fratton Park at the end of the January transfer window.
Ipswich refused two bids from Pompey back then because they did not want to sell their captain to a Championship rival when both clubs were struggling in the lower half of the table.
Cotterill recently aired his fears Pompey are risking losing out on the free transfers he has lined up as the takeover of the club drags on.