Kenny Jackett explained why he won’t ignore loan moves as Pompey close in on a deal for Ross McCrorie.
The Blues are zeroing in on a season-long deal for the Rangers man as he bolsters his midfield options.
The 21-year-old is expected to link up with Jackett's men from the Scottish giants, after 54 senior appearances at Ibrox.
That will make McCrorie the sixth summer signing and second temporary deal after Sean Raggett agreed a season-long stay from Norwich.
Pompey used the loan market well last season, but were hurt by recalls in January as key man Ben Thompson and Andre Green returned to their parent clubs.
Jackett insisted he wouldn’t shy away from taking players on loan like McCrorie, however, if he believed they could make a difference to his side.
He said: ‘Our permanents are done earlier and we supplement it with loans later.‘
‘Similarly when you get a Ben Thompson loan it's tough (to ignore), but he did great for us and did well when he went back.
‘I wouldn't say you can't use the loan system because I think you can.
‘Our earlier deals have been largely permanent based, though which is good.
‘Generally they (loans) do (supplement).
‘But if you're in a situation like you are with Sean Raggett or whoever, the alternative is to get someone in who I think is a good player. There's still leeway to do that - 100 per cent.’
McCrorie’s move will continue Jackett’s record of getting the majority of his business done early at Pompey in the summer.
He added: ‘I always feel better doing it earlier if we have a successful time with signings.
‘With two months left you never know what's going to happen either and how you need to react.
‘We’ve tried to get them and get a bit of understanding, know-how and team spirit early.
‘It does feel a bit crazy towards the end.’