Manchester City boss Stuart Pearce has confirmed that England goalkeeper David James has asked to leave the club.
Cash-rich Portsmouth have already lodged one bid for the 36-year-old although as yet the Fratton Park outfit have yet to meet City's valuation.
However, James, whose fiance lives in the south of England, has told Pearce he would like to go.
"David James has expressed a wish to leave," said Pearce.
"It all depends on whether Portsmouth reach our valuation but in some ways I have to be prepared for the fact he will leave.
"I spoke with him when we were away in China. It is not an issue about Manchester City, there are other reasons why he wants to be in the south."
James is about to enter the final year of his contract and City are thought to be unwilling to match the three-year deal Portsmouth are thought to be offering.
Pearce has already been heavily linked with Rennes' Swedish keeper Andreas Isaksson, and he confirmed a replacement would be required if James were to go.
The City boss also admitted Ajax defender Hatem Trabelsi was in the final stages of his medical and the Tunisian could sign, possibly as early as today.
"He has a couple of medical tests still remaining but we should have permanent news on him later on."