West Brom transfer news: Craig Gardner completes move to Birmingham City

Midfielder Craig Gardner has completed his move from Albion to Blues in a deal which will become permanent in the summer.

West Bromwich Albion v West Ham United - Barclays Premier League - The Hawthorns
Craig Gardner has moved to Birmingham City

The rival clubs have agreed an initial loan deal in addition to a fee which will see Gardner move to St Andrews permanently at the end of the season.

Baggies head coach Tony Pulis said: “Craig has done a great job for me and the Club and we were certainly not in any hurry to see him leave.

“But he is desperate to play first team football which I could not guarantee and this is a terrific opportunity for him at Birmingham City. He goes with our very best wishes.”

The 30-year-old made 85 appearances in two-and-a-half seasons for the Baggies, after joining from Sunderland in the summer of 2014.

He previously played for Blues, his boyhood club, between 2010 and 2011, winning the League Cup before leaving following the club’s relegation from the Premier League.

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Comments for: "West Brom transfer news: Craig Gardner completes move to Birmingham City"

The Real Bully Hoo.

Good luck Craig, you've never let us down.

I wonder if this means a signing in the pipeline because if not it leaves us very thin on the ground.

The Real Bully Hoo.

According to "reports" in Italy we've had a 20 mill Euros offer accepted for Manolo Gabbiadini.

Not to be left out Wolves have put in a bid for Marco Gabbiadini.

CantelloRocket 78

On the other hand, so far we've had several bids for Gary Baldi turned down, which really takes the biscuit...

CantelloRocket 78

Well according to the Brum Mail tonight, the Baggies have no plans to bid for Marco Gabbiadini, it's claimed his agent's spread stories that are simply untrue.

Football agents - parasites and liars...?? I couldn't possibly comment...

CantelloRocket 78

p.s. - although the national media are all claiming there's a £30 million deal ' plotted ' to swap Berahino and cash for Benteke...2+2 = 5...??

Mboy

I have it on good authority that we made a "substantial" bid for Benteke in the Summer!!

CantelloRocket 78

But have we bid for him this window...??

CantelloRocket 78

Craig's always given 100% on the pitch, and scored some memorable goals for us, so I wish him all the best.Playing for the first team at the club he supported as a lad sounds a great move for him - good luck, Gards...

Marc

Good luck Gards

Always turned up for us.

To go back to your boyhood club is always going to appeal.

If he gets to come back to the Hawthorns with Birmingham, I hope he gets a rapturous welcome.

Happy Baggie

Great pro who always gave 100%.

I think this makes sense for Albion and is a great move for Craig.

Goes with all best wishes and thanks for the goal against the Vile.

west brom baggieboy

all the best to you craig ,thank you for all your efforts

Brierleyhillbaggie

Cheers Craig for all your hard work and professionalism and may you have a long and prosperous time at the blues thank you

baggietillidie

For what we paid for him he's been pretty good value, and although he's a Blue Nose he's always always [I meant to say it twice] given the Baggies 100%+. Go and give the Ville some more stick!.

baggietillidie

PS - Didn't mean to type Ville though!

BaggiesMark1968

He was a good signing and performed well and always gave 100%, scored some useful goals including that free kick at Leicester and the winner against you know who. Good luck at Blues.

AndyH

Good luck fella....

I'd rather we had kept you as you have never given less than 100%.........so our loss is the blues gain then.

Hope it all works out for you....get them back on track and score against the vile again at the first opportunity.

albionwiley

No great loss IMO - terrible tackler at times and for allegedly one of the best strikers of the ball a pretty weedy goal tally

BCFC pprobably about his level

No wish to be nasty but I am more interested in players who want to play for rather than leave the Albion

Matt

My interpretation of the situation was that he wanted to play for Albion but Pulis couldnt guarantee him first team football, so he has done what any self respecting professional would and moved away so that he can be of value and do what he gets paid for.

Good luck Gardner and the Blues

CantelloRocket 78

It's interesting to look at what a player contributes, that often goes unnoticed - Craig Gardner's not the most naturally gifted footballer in the world, and when he makes mistakes it's quickly spotted and criticised, yet when on the pitch he works tirelessly, ' gets stuck in ', adds steel to the team, and has been used in defence, central midfield, and on the wing - versatile, and a grafter who never seems to complain about what he's asked to do.

Gianfranco Zola has a highly respected reputation in the game, and was apparently very keen to have Craig at St.Andrews - I've a feeling the player's flattered by that fact...