Portsmouth boss Steve Cotterill has voiced his displeasure after Stephen Jordan snubbed a move to the South Coast in favour of Sheffield United.
Pompey looked to have secured the services of the 28-year-old full-back following his release from Burnley at the end of last season.
Jordan trained with Pompey in pre-season, however a last-minute change of heart has instead seen him set his sights on a move to Bramall Lane.
A less than impressed Cotterill said: 'I'm very disappointed in him - but that's him. He knows my feelings and thoughts.
"My thoughts about Stephen Jordan will stay with him."
The Pompey boss, who kicked off his reign in charge with a 2-0 defeat at Coventry, has not given up hope of adding to his squad before Saturday's meeting with Reading.
Cotterill is hoping the Football League will help the club bolster their squad and he is hoping to agree a new deal with veteran Kanu.
He said: "Hopefully we can have a bit of leniency to get a few. But the next issue then becomes getting a few. That is more difficult than it looks.
"We're hopeful with King [Kanu]. I'm not the one dealing with him, though.
"If I was sat down with him I'd have a better idea. I'm not the one doing that.