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Gardner says West Brom now more powerful than Aston Villa

Craig Gardner rates West Bromwich Albion ahead of Aston Villa as the bigger force.

The former Villan signed for the Baggies this summer from Sunderland.

"We're going out spending £10million on a striker and bringing in Joleon (Lescott) and other players who Premier League teams are after," says Gardner to the Daily Mail. "They're choosing us. I think West Brom are on the up.

"When I was there Villa had Gareth Barry, Ashley Young, John Carew, Stiliyan Petrov, James Milner, Stewart Downing. We had some top-class players and were fighting for the top six."

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