Birmingham to bag Villa midfielder Gardner

Birmingham City are poised to sign midfielder Craig Gardner from local Premier League rivals Aston Villa for three million pounds, the Midlands club said on their website on Friday.

The former England under-21 international will move to St Andrews subject to passing a medical and agreeing personal terms.

The 23-year-old, who can also play at fullback, has made 79 appearances for Villa, who he joined as a trainee.

"Craig is a versatile and dynamic player who can perform in a number of positions," said City manager Alex McLeish.

"Players like that are really worth their weight in gold."

Birmingham said Gardner had supported City since childhood.