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Sunderland confident seeing off Newcastle to land Birmingham midfielder Gardner

Sunderland are confident over the signing of Birmingham City midfielder Craig Gardner.

The Daily Star Sunday says the Black Cats have beaten off bitter rivals Newcastle to land Birmingham midfielder Gardner in a £6million deal.

Sunderland are poised to push through the move for Gardner, 24, this week.

Boss Steve Bruce has returned to his old club for the second time this summer, having already secured Swedish midfielder Sebastian Larsson, 26, on a free from Blues, who still need to sell players after relegation from the Premier League last season.

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