Craig Gardner set for Birmingham City medical today after deal agreed

30-year-old’s move back to St Andrew’s is almost complete

Craig Gardner will undergo a medical with Birmingham City today as he takes a step closer to a move back to St Andrew’s.

The West Bromwich Albion midfielder will sign on loan for Blues after the two clubs agreed a deal.

Birmingham made an approach for Gardner last week and, despite delays to negotiations, the 30-year-old will return to the club he left in 2011 should he pass the medical at Wast Hills.

He made 52 appearances for Blues between 2010 and 2011 after joining from Aston Villa for £3million.

Gardner started in the club’s 2011 League Cup final triumph against Arsenal after scoring the winning goal in the semi-final against West Ham United to take Blues to Wembley.

ESPN report that the move is with a view to becoming permanent in the summer.

It is understood that West Brom pushed to include the permanent transfer clause during negotiations, even though Gardner signed a new contract at the Hawthorns as recently as October 2016.

Gardner, who has started only twice for Albion in the Premier League this season, will become Birmingham’s second January signing after Lukas Jutkiewicz’s £1million move from Burnley.

Blues boss Gianfranco Zola, who has been tasked with improving the squad by owners TTA, is also hoping to tie up a deal for Granada midfielder Rene Krhin.