Portsmouth set to unveil Rochdale's Andy Cannon

Pompey are poised to announce Rochdale's Andy Cannon as their first signing of the January transfer window.

Sunday, 23rd December 2018, 9:59 am
Updated Thursday, 10th January 2019, 10:45 am
Andy Cannon (right) battles with Spurs' Danny Rose in last season's FA Cup fifth-round replay at Wembley

Kenny Jackett is determined to carry out his squad strengthening as swiftly as possible, mirroring the club's highly-successful approach during the summer.

That policy has this week seen a deal agreed for midfielder Cannon, reportedly worth around £150,000.

However, the Blues' new capture will not officially be ratified until after January 1, when the window reopens.

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Cannon, a midfielder, has made 127 appearances and scored six times since emerging through Rochdale's youth set-up.

He also appeared as a 55th-minute substitute in their FA Cup encounter with Pompey earlier this month.

The 22-year-old, who has started four League One games this season, made his most recent outing on December 15, coming off the bench in a 2-1 home defeat to Plymouth.

Cannon was not included in Rochdale's squad for Saturday's trip to Southend, which saw Keith Hill's men claim a 2-1 victory.