England goalkeeper David James has told Manchester City manager Stuart Pearce he wants to leave Eastlands.
James is happy with his role as City's number one goalkeeper, but is keen to relocate to the south of England in order to be closer to his fiancee.
The Citizens recently rejected a bid from Portsmouth for the veteran, but an increased offer could now be looked on favourably.
"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, 36, joined City from West Ham United in a £2million deal in January 2004 and has since made 93 Premiership appearances for the club.