Patrick Agyemang is set for a return to Pompey following an unsuccessful loan spell.
The 34-year-old striker has struggled to impress at Dagenham & Redbridge as they scrap for their Football League lives.
Agyemang has made two starts and two substitute appearances since linking up with Wayne Burnett’s side at the end of last month.
But he was booed by some Daggers fans after being substituted in the Boxing Day defeat to Stevenage.
The veteran then didn’t make the match-day 18 for the following fixture against Southend on Sunday, which ended in a goalless draw.
Agyemang has one remaining match of his initial loan spell from the Blues, with the Daggers entertaining Bury on Saturday.
But it looks increasingly likely his stay will not be extended and instead the former QPR man will be back at Fratton Park.
That potential return complicates matters for Andy Awford, who is keen to offload more members of his bulging 29-man squad.
Clearly Agyemang is one of those out of favour and, with his contract up in the summer, will not be receiving a new one.
The striker has endured a frustrating campaign at Pompey, initially hampered by a hamstring injury sustained in training on the eve of the season.
He returned to make 11 appearances, three of which have been starts, without finding the back of the net.
Agyemang’s last Pompey outing was as a substitute in the abject FA Cup elimination at the hands of Aldershot in November.
The powerful forward, who remains a popular figure at Fratton Park, has made 69 appearances and scored eight goals since his arrival under Guy Whittingham in February 2013.