Portsmouth have moved quickly to quell speculation linking Liam Lawrence with a move to West Brom.
The former Mansfield Town man has been in fine form since moving to Fratton Park on an emergency loan deal from Stoke City after Pompey failed to register him in time with the Football League on transfer deadline day.
However, chief executive David Lampitt says the 28-year-old Republic of Ireland international, who has scored four goals in seven appearances for Steve Cotterill's team so far this season, expects Lawrence to sign a four-year deal with the club in January.
He said: "This is no different from the situation as it was last week and the week before. Liam is a Portsmouth player and has committed his future to Portsmouth.
"As far as we are concerned, he is with us for the long term. As far as he is concerned, he is with us for the long term. It's as simple as that.
"There is an emergency loan which has enabled us to deal with the deadline-day issues we had. The reality in everyone's mind is he will join us on January 1."