Portsmouth are set to sign Derby County's Luke Varney

Luke Varney
Varney joined Derby from Charlton Athletic in 2009

Portsmouth are closing in on a deal for Derby County forward Luke Varney, BBC Sport understands.

Varney, who spent last season on loan with Blackpool in the Premier League, is expected to join Pompeyexternal-link for a fee of around £750,000 later this week.

The 28-year-old signed permanently for the Rams in January 2009 but has made just 15 appearances for the club.

Pompey, who recently signed Jason Pearce from Bournemouth, have also been linked to Cardiff's Peter Whittingham.

It has been reportedexternal-link that Blues boss Steve Cotterill is keen to make a £1.5m bid for the Bluebirds midfielder.