Wolves are leading the chase for Jed Wallace.
The News understands five clubs are in pursuit of Pompey’s in-demand top scorer.
As I have said previously, since we have come out of administration there have been clubs consistently enquiring about Jed WallaceMark Catlin
They include Wolves, who are in contention for the Championship’s play-offs at present.
Boss Kenny Jackett was among Saturday’s crowd at AFC Wimbledon, having overseen their defeat of Derby the previous night.
The Blues lost the Kingsmeadow fixture 1-0, yet Wallace emerged as one of the few positives during a dreadful team display.
Although contracted to Fratton Park until the summer of 2017, Pompey’s seemingly-doomed attempt at making the League Two play-offs could hasten Wallace’s exit.
The 20-year-old has made no secret of his burning desire to climb the leagues with the Blues.
However, they now appear set for a third successive season in League Two, having slipped nine points adrift of the play-offs with eight matches remaining.
As revealed by The News earlier this month, there have been bids and enquiries for Wallace since the end of the January transfer window.
Chief executive Mark Catlin today refused to be drawn into discussing any individual club involved.
Yet he conceded the goal-scoring midfielder remains highly coveted.
Catlin said: ‘As I have said previously, since we have come out of administration there have been clubs consistently enquiring about Jed Wallace.
‘We would like all contracted players to be here beyond this season.
‘We will do all we can to hold onto who we want to keep as part of our future.’
Wallace currently has 14 goals in 43 matches this season, establishing himself as one of the outstanding performers.
Presently operating in a role behind strikers Matt Tubbs and Ryan Taylor, he has also weighed in with six assists in all competitions.
His most recent key contribution was to provide the cross for Tubbs to open the scoring against Cheltenham in Pompey’s last home fixture.
Although having gone seven matches without a goal, Wallace has continued to act as the Blues’ chief creative force, with his drive and energy from midfield.
Inevitably his form has alerted a number of clubs from higher divisions – among them Wolves.
Thursday marks the end of the emergency loan window, throwing up the possibility an admirer could attempt to get Wallace on an initial loan ahead of a summer move.
However, it is believed such an option is of no interest to Pompey, who are keen to retain the youngster.
Yet they face a battle to keep hold of him this summer with the lure of football at a higher level sure to be strong.