Cats keen on Gardner – Report

The 24-year-old enjoyed a successful personal season with Blues

despite the club’s eventual relegation from the Premier League,

finishing as their top scorer with 10 goals. Steve Bruce is

understood to be in the market for a midfielder with an eye for

goal but may be put off by Gardner’s price tag, with the St

Andrew’s outfit reportedly valuing him at around the £9million

mark. The Black Cats may feel they can barter Blues down, but with

rivals Newcastle also in the hunt for the former England Under-21

international, they may find themselves embroiled in a bidding war.