Gardner returns to St Andrew’s after leaving for Sunderland in 2011. The midfielder joins on loan until the end of the season when the deal will become permanent.

-          Craig Gardner has joined Birmingham City on-loan until the end of the season

-          Gardner played for the Blues for 18 months in 2010/11

-          The 30-year-old becomes Gianfranco Zola’s second signing of the window

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Birmingham have completed the signing of Craig Gardner on-loan from West Brom.

The deal will become permanent at the end of the season, with the midfielder agreeing to a three-year contract.

The 30-year-old played for Birmingham in 2010 for 18 months, making 52 appearances and scoring 11 times.

Gardner told bcfc.com that Premier League clubs were interested but he only had eyes for his boyhood club:

“There's no way I wanted to leave unless Birmingham City came in for me. There were Premier League clubs interested in taking me on loan until the end of the season but I wasn't interested,” he said.

“I think this move now is better for me, and I am more excited about this move now than when I joined the first time because I feel I owe the club something. I want to get them into the Premier League and I want to bring a buzz back to the place.”