Andy Awford has watched ex-Pompey loanee Michael Drennan.
The Blues boss was spotted by midlands sources at Derby’s training ground yesterday afternoon taking in an Aston Villa development game.
Drennan netted with two stunning free-kicks, yet the Rams still ran out 3-2 winners.
Pompey are searching for more attacking options after a move for free agent Carl Baker fell through at the end of last week.
Drennan netted three times in 10 appearances on loan for the Blues at the end of last season and Villa are willing to let him out again this term.