Wolves utility man Greg Halford looks set to return to Championship outfit Portsmouth for the rest of the season.
Mick McCarthy claims Wanderers are ready to offload Halford, who signed for the club for £2million in July 2009.
Unable to stake a regular place at Molineux, Halford went out on loan to Portsmouth in October and has scored three goals in nine appearances for Steve Cotterill's side.
The former Reading and Sunderland man is back training with Wolves this week as he is suspended for the Boxing Day clash with Millwall after accumulating five bookings and his latest loan is due to expire on 3rd January.
Although McCarthy has welcomed the 26-year-old back to training, he insists the Premier League club remain intent on recouping most of their outlay on the player in a permanent deal - likely to be in the summer.
He told the Express & Star: "Ultimately I think we'd like to think there was a deal to be done for him, but we will see.
"They want him and if they take him, they'll have to take him for the rest of the season and we'd have to accept being a player down. He's doing well for them and I think they'd like to extend the loan.
"You might have thought I'd have brought him back with all our injuries, but I wouldn't have played him at right-back because Ronald Zubar is fit and I wouldn't have put him at right wing because Matt Jarvis is fit.
"I wouldn't have brought him back to put him on the bench because that wouldn't do either of us any favours."