SUNDERLAND’S Craig Gardner is out of contract at the end of the season, and it now seems unlikely to me that the central midfielder will be offered a new deal.
Gardner has been a regular for Sunderland since his transfer from Birmingham City, but has found it more difficult to cement a first-team spot under new boss Gus Poyet.
The club may try to cash in on Gardner by selling him in January, rather than simply running down his contract and allowing him to walk away for free on a Bosman in the summer.
According to the Daily Mirror, West Brom chairman Jeremy Peace is a known admirer of the Solihull-born midfielder and is willing to either make a cut-price January bid, or wait until the summer when Gardner will be a free agent.
Sunderland signed Gardner for a reported £6million fee in the summer of 2011 from Birmingham City after he scored 11 goals from midfield in the 2010-11 season for the Blues. Garnder has since scored 13 goals in 76 appearances for the Black Cats.
The move comes as new boss Gus Poyet looks to save Sunderland from relegation and form his own side and style of play. One would imagine that there will be a few more Sunderland players shown the exit door come the end of the summer if Poyet has his way.
There has, as of yet, been no confirmation from any sides of the potential transfer, but as previously mentioned it is now looking unlikely that Gardner will still be a Sunderland player come the beginning of next season.
•This article was written by FTBpro’s Joe Cooper
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