Portsmouth executive chairman Peter Storrie admits that star striker Jermain Defoe has expressed an interest in leaving Fratton Park.
The England international has been strongly linked with a January move to Tottenham, where he would be reunited with former Pompey boss Harry Redknapp.
Portsmouth are eager to keep hold of Defoe - who was angered after being left on the bench by manager Tony Adams in a December defeat to Arsenal - as they look to climb the Premier League table.
However, Storrie now confesses that Defoe looks set to quit the South Coast outfit just 12 months after moving from Spurs.
"It looks like Jermain wants to go," he told the Portsmouth News. "That is something we will be speaking to him about."
However, Storrie insists that Pompey will not allow their Â£7.5million forward - who has also been connected with Aston Villa - to leave in a cut-price deal.
"If Jermain goes it will be at our price and if there is an offer which appeals," added Storrie.
"We have always said we will not keep people who do not want to play for Portsmouth football club."
Spurs boss Redkanpp remains interested in the forward and told Sky Sports News: "If we could agree a fee with Portsmouth, then fine, he is a good player.
"They haven't got to sell him if they don't want to. If they say, 'no' then that is the end of the story."
Source: Sky Sports
defoe is a top striker and for me the best team for him will be villa.. gabby and him up front will scare defenders
EDIT: didn't see the defoe thread before i posted this...