Nwankwo Kanu has assured PortsmouthÂ Â supporters that he will not be leaving Fratton Park at the end of his contract as he is close to agreeing a new deal.
The Nigerianâ€™s current agreement expires on Wednesday and there has been speculation about whether he will remain with the South Coast club.
However, Kanu actually triggered an appearance-based clause last season to earn a 12_month extension.
The deal just needs to be finalised and the veteran striker is already holding talks with chief executive Peter Storrie.
And the forwardâ€™s legal representative, Samuel Okoronkwo, told The News: â€œI fully expect Kanu to be playing at Portsmouth next season.
â€œI can confirm that we are currently in negotiations with Peter Storrie and are making good progress. I am hoping, at the close of play, he will be here.
â€œThere was interest from elsewhere, although I am not at liberty to name them.â€œBut Portsmouth holds his interest and he is willing to show his loyalty to the club and stay longer. This is where he wants to be.â€
One player who may not be at Fratton Park when the new campaign gets underway is midfielder Arnold Mvuemba.
The 24_year_old, who has been with Pompey since January 2007, is training with Lorient ahead of a possible move to the French club.
â€œArnoldâ€™s gone to Lorient to train to see whether he can work some sort of deal out,â€ Storrie confirmed on the clubâ€™s official website.