Wolves are picking off the talent of the Premier League's relegated clubs.
The Express & Star says Wolves have made enquiries at all three relegated clubs - Birmingham City, Blackpool and West Ham United. At St Andrew's, the Carson Yeung regime have declared their intention to hold together a Carling Cup-winning squad that includes coveted players led by Gardner, keeper Ben Foster and defensive pairing Roger Johnson and Scott Dann.
Wolves were in the market for both Gardner and Dann before they chose Blues two years ago and the Molineux club - along with several Premier League rivals - have tested the water to see if Yeung's "no firesale" policy is set in stone.
But amid excited talk of Gardner as a possible £4m recruit, chief executive Jez Moxey is warning supporters to prepare for a longer hunt this summer.