Birmingham’s top midfielder, Craig Gardner, has said he is unsure of his future after the sudden departure of Blues manager Alex McLeish.
Craig Gardner – Newcastle bid £5M for midfielder
Alex McLeish joined Birmingham after managing Glasgow Rangers and he also managed the Scottish National side for a short while, but he has took Birmingham down twice to the Championship, and got them promoted once, so why he would be interesting Aston Villa, we have no idea at all.
But his departure will not help the Birmingham players, and it seems the way is open now for Newcastle to move in for Gardner, especially as the surprise news today is that captain Kevin Nolan is having a medical at West Ham, and is likely to join the London club.
24 year-old Gardner was initially at Aston Villa, and joined Birmingham permanently last year, and was their top scorer with 10 goals in 37 games in his first full season at St. Andrew’s.
He cost Birmingham £3M from Aston Villa, and would probably cost more now, and the breaking news today is that Newcastle have moved in with a £5M offer to Birmingham for the central midfielder.
But if Kevin Nolan is moving on, you have to believe Newcastle have more central midfielders targeted this summer.
When asked if he is leaving or staying at Birmingham this is what Craig said today:
“I don’t know. It’s a difficult one.” ‘I’m unsure exactly what is happening behind the scenes and what the board are thinking.”
“Where are we going, what are we planning to do? I don’t know.” “At the end of the day, like every player, you have to think of your career. Everything is up in the air at the moment.”
“For me, Alex McLeish was great. He showed a lot of faith in me, signing me from Villa, and my career moved forward from there.” “It’s a sad loss for Birmingham and it’s not a good start to the summer.”
“The club needs to bring in a manager with the kind of credentials and experience Alex McLeish has. Someone like that would fit the bill.”
It’s likely that Newcastle can now move fast and acquire Gardner, and that would be an excellent signing for the Newcastle club.
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