Midlands duo battle for Gardner
Both clubs are understood to have held a long-term interest in the
versatile performer and they are ready to firm up their interest
when the transfer window reopens in January. Gardner has found
himself out of favour at Villa Park this season making only three
appearances in the first-team and he could be tempted to move on in
search of regular action. Villa boss Martin O’Neill is believed to
be willing to sell the former England Under-21 international for
the right fee as he considers raising funds for his own signings.
Birmingham are thought to be leading the chase for Gardner and
their financial muscle could see them beat Wolves to the
midfielder’s signature. He has made only three appearances for
Villa this season and will be allowed to leave the club for a fee
of about £3million.