Preston North End are set to undergo a major overhaul of their squad this summer. Key players left in January and a few fringe players have come to the end of their contract. Central midfield is probably the only area that North End are fully covered in, even with the retirement of Paul Gallagher.
However, The Telegraph have today reported Preston are one of a few clubs interested in signing midfielder Andy Cannon. The 25 year-old’s deal at Portsmouth is set to expire this summer, and Danny Cowley is overseeing his own overhaul at Fratton Park too. Charlton Athletic and recently promoted Hull City are also set to be interested in the former Rochdale player.
Cannon made 43 appearances in League One for Portsmouth this season as they just missed out on a play-off place. He scored two goals, assisted three more and picked up nine yellow cards. Perhaps in with the latter he could replace Ben Pearson, but Ryan Ledson provided that bite in midfield last season.
With Ben Whiteman, captain Alan Browne, and Daniel Johnson also key parts of the squad, it’s hard to see Frankie McAvoy prioritising a midfielder in the transfer window. Brad Potts, Josh Harrop, Tom Bayliss, Adam O’Reilly and Jack Baxter can also play in the middle of the park.
Cannon has spent his whole career in League One, and he doesn’t really jump out as a player who can improve the Preston team. The squad needs an injection of quality rather than just depth. The Bolton News reported that Bolton Wanderers; just promoted from League Two, were also interested in the player. Surely Preston should be setting their heights a little higher and shouldn’t be shopping from the same place as The Trotters this summer.
You’d think the likes of Josh Harrop will be worth giving another chance to rather than trying out an untested player at this level. However what we do know, is that Preston love a bargain, and Peter Ridsdale will look to bring in low-cost signings.