Newcastle Interested In Birmingham Goal-Scorer

There has been news in the last couple of days that Newcastle may be interested in acquiring Birmingham City midfielder Craig Gardner.

Craig Gardner – Newcastle interested?

The 24 year-old former Aston Villa player is a very decent player, and he can score goals too, as he hit 10 goals for Birmingham last season, and was their top scorer.

That was one of Birmingham’s Achilles heels last season, and they were the lowest scoring side in the Premier League with just 37 goals scored.

The news is that Sunderland are also interested in the player, but we wonder whether Craig is good enough for Newcastle, and whether he would get many games in the first team on Tyneside?

But there’s no doubt he is one of Birmingham’s best players, and the vultures will be circling the Birmingham club this summer, but surely Birmingham will want to hold on to their best players, if at all possible.

Last time the Midlands club were relegated in 2008, they bounced straight back, and they will want to do the same thing next season, under the same manager – Scotsman Alex MacLeish.

The Solihull born player joined Birmingham eighteen months ago in a deal reported to be worth around £3.5M, and he has played 52 times for Birmingham with 11 goals.

He started his career in 2005 at Aston Villa, and looked very good as a youngster,  and played 80 times for Villa scoring 6 goals.

Craig played 14 times for the England U21 side and scored 2 goals.

Gardner could probably be acquired for around £4M, but we’re absolutely sure Birmingham will want to keep him at the club.

Comments welcome.

21 comments so far

  • ilovetoon8788

    Jun 5, 2011 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #1

    Will be an excellent aquisition. If the likes of Gervinho and nzog are not coming. Odemwingie as well.

  • DerkaSayWhat

    Jun 5, 2011 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #2

    Lol lol lol everyone is getting ahead of themselves.

  • daneevz

    Jun 5, 2011 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #3

    why so many rumours regarding midfielders we need strikers and some defenders!

  • roshan MAGPIE

    Jun 5, 2011 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #4

    i think if he comes then we will use him has a squad player and use in the carling and FA cup matches

  • NottsGeordie

    Jun 5, 2011 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #5

    Hes a good player wouldnt get in our team though. Hes English so will probably cost 3x his worth.

  • connor_nufc

    Jun 5, 2011 at 11:11 AM

    Comment #6

    From gervonho, gamerio and nzogbia to neil taylor and craig gardener , seriously can this day get anymore depressing

  • ToonAndy

    Jun 5, 2011 at 11:12 AM

    Comment #7

    Any1 know any links to the ivory coast match at 12??

  • FollowMyTwitterLewisKing7

    Jun 5, 2011 at 11:13 AM

    Comment #8

    I would not Pay 4m for him. He’s only going to sit on the bench. 3m at most!!
    Dont think we are realistically interested in him though.


    Jun 5, 2011 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #9

    Would naturally take over from Captain Nolan imo

  • toonbelmonter(mr.T...iote)

    Jun 5, 2011 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #10

    the sunday sun sed they want 9mil for him and 16mil each for johnson n dann so no thanks


    Jun 5, 2011 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #12

    Read in the people that Ba wants 4 mill sign on fee and big wages…I’d rather have Long least he will last his contract

  • archaeomag

    Jun 5, 2011 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #13

    @ED “There has been news in the last couple of days that Newcastle may be interested in acquiring . . . . ”


    There has been no news in the last couple of days, so here is some we made up . . . .

  • PoolieToon

    Jun 5, 2011 at 11:26 AM

    Comment #14

    A great player and only young, works hard and gets goals. But he won’t leave, not yet anyway.

  • quinnynufc

    Jun 5, 2011 at 11:50 AM

    Comment #15

    i think hes a cracking player. if he was at a bigger club i would go as far as saying an england squad regular (not starter)

  • Robby Bobson

    Jun 5, 2011 at 11:59 AM

    Comment #16

    Great at the long range strikes but average at everything else.

    Hes a brum fan anyway.

  • samag

    Jun 5, 2011 at 12:14 PM

    Comment #17

    from brum would only think about taking ridgewell he could seriously play anywhere.

    and ehhhhhhhhhh noone else

  • GeordieToon89

    Jun 5, 2011 at 1:23 PM

    Comment #18

    Gardner, Dann and Johnson are all better than Ridgewell imo

  • Banbridge Mags

    Jun 5, 2011 at 2:06 PM

    Comment #19

    Sunday rumours? I’m off to read Dear Deidre for some more factual insights…….
    Let’s see now- ‘rock star ate my hamster’
    Must be true too if it’s in the paper…….

  • Nappa

    Jun 5, 2011 at 2:19 PM

    Comment #20

    Great to be linked with all these 2nd raters a decent relegation battle seems on the cards.

  • wynsleap

    Jun 5, 2011 at 7:16 PM

    Comment #21

    Buying a midfielder who’s probably scored less than Nolan this season to replace Nolan (who’s off apparently).
    Yeah – that sounds just like the Toon.


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