Martin Jol has signalled his happiness for Bjorn Helge Riise to extend hi loan spell with Portsmouth.

The Norwegian international was quoted earlier this week as saying he was enjoying his time with the Championship club and was eager to stay at Fratton Park for longer than the short-term deal initially agreed between the clubs. Jol is honest enough to admit that he knows has better midfield options than Riise and would be happy to lengthen his loan, which currently runs to November 7.

For him it’s very important that he will play. When we took him he was playing in the national team and one of the best players. He’s been a bit unfortunate with injuries and players in his position who are better. I thought it was a good thing for him to go on loan and I’d be willing to extend it.