Hill reveals when Portsmouth first made contact with Rochdale regarding Andy Cannon

Keith Hill revealed Pompey have been interested in Andy Cannon since September.Â

Wednesday, 2nd January 2019, 5:47 pm
Updated Thursday, 10th January 2019, 11:33 am
Tottenham Hotspur's Danny Rose battles Andy Cannon for the ball. Picture: Nick Potts/ PA Images

And the Rochdale boss admitted he couldn't deny the midfielder the opportunity to join the Blues.

Cannon has moved to Fratton Park for around £150,000, signing a two-and-a-half year deal.

After Pompey's 3-1 League One victory over the Dale on September 29, Hill told how Kenny Jackett made an enquiry for the 22-year-old shortly after the game. 

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The same thing occurred following the Blues' 1-0 FA Cup second-round win at Spotland last month. 

With the chance to switch to a side pushing for promotion into the Championship, the Rochdale manager wasn't going to stop Cannon progressing his career.

The Ashton-upon-Lyne talent arrives on the south coast with Hill's best wishes.

He told Rochdale's website: '˜Andy has found it difficult for most of this season to be available for selection due to one or two niggling injuries.

'˜He hasn't spent an awful lot of time on the training pitch but we always knew there was an interest from Portsmouth.

'˜When we played them in the league and in the FA Cup, I got a phone call straight after the game from Kenny Jackett to see if we were willing to do business.

'˜I said yes, as long as Portsmouth met the club's valuation on Andy.

'˜It's the business that the football club does to make sure that its future is secure.

'˜It's a great opportunity for him to go to Portsmouth and that's what I want as a manager. 

'˜If I lead young players into the Football League, I want them to be ambitious and I want them to play at the top of the tree, with respect to their own capabilities.

'˜Andy has an unbelievable opportunity to go and work for Kenny Jackett and for a massive club in Portsmouth so I hope he takes it. I wish him all the best.'

Cannon must wait until Saturday January 12 until he can make his Pompey debut when Blackpool travel to Fratton Park.