Crystal Palace are battling West Ham United for defender Anthony Gardner.

The Daily Mail says the centre-back is a free agent after his contract expired at Hull City and Alex McLeish had lined up the 30-year-old for a move to St Andrews.

But the Scot's shock departure on Sunday has left Gardner in limbo.

West Ham manager Sam Allardyce is planning to take advantage while Crystal Palace are also keen after Gardner spent last season on loan at Selhurst Park.

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