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Sunderland's Gardner emerges as target for Wolves, West Brom

Sunderland midfielder Craig Gardner has emerged as a transfer target for the likes of Wolves and West Bromwich Albion according to reports.

The 25-year old has failed to really settle on Wearside since his summer move from Birmingham City and it is believed that he is homesick for the Midlands.

However, Black Cats boss Martin O'Neill feels he is a key member of the squad and has urged him to remain at the Stadium of Light.

"I want Craig to stay at this football club." O'Neill told the Sunderland Echo.

"I don't think he is unhappy, but I do think he has felt a little homesick.

"But the crowd have given him a great reception in the last two games, and that was great for him. It will have given him a big boost.

"And, like most players, if you are playing games, then it helps enormously.

"Perhaps it didn't happen for him here straight away and maybe homesickness had something to do with it, but he is starting to play well now."

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