Burnley manager Brian Laws is optimistic about extending David Nugent's loan at Turf Moor.
The 24-year-old striker is on loan from cash-strapped Portsmouth and Burnley want to keep him at the club until the end of the season.
Laws says the Clarets have an option to extend his stay until the end of the campaign, and they are now waiting for Pompey to reply to their request.
"We've exercised an option to extend his loan through to the rest of the season," he said.
"We're just now waiting for Portsmouth to get back to us so that we can get it clarified and sorted for the weekend.
"We've exercised our right with which we had in our agreement with Portsmouth and we're just now waiting for their reply and paperwork so that we can extend the loan.
"I'm assuming that's going to go ahead. I'm optimistic and there's no reason not to be."
Nugent has scored three goals in seven Premier League appearances since moving to Burnley in September.