Aston Villa fans react on Twitter to Birmingham re-signing Craig Gardner

Crystal Palace's Andros Townsend in action with West Bromwich Albion's Craig Gardner

Former Aston Villa trainee joins Birmingham City.

Craig Gardner yesterday clinched a move to Birmingham City from West Bromwich Albion, signing on loan with a view to a permanent deal, The BBC reported.

Gardner, 30, is a boyhood Birmingham fan, but began his career with rivals Aston Villa before switching clubs in 2010.

He was at Birmingham won the League Cup in 2011, but left to join Sunderland after they were relegated the same season, with his spell at St Andrew's short lived.

Birmingham's Craig GardnerBirmingham's Craig Gardner

This time he is hoping to be part of a side which can challenge for a play off spot, despite the uncertainty created by Gary Rowett's sacking and Gianfranco Zola's appointment.

Birmingham are in 13th place at present, seven points short of sixth place. The hope is that Gardner can be a steadying influence on their season, and get them back on track.

Birmingham's Craig Gardner celebrates scoring his teams first goalBirmingham's Craig Gardner celebrates scoring his teams first goal

Gardner's move has done little to endear himself to fans of his former club Aston Villa, who had plenty to say in reaction to the news.

He no doubt agitated this by telling the Birmingham Mail of his hope for Birmingham to finish above Villa in the table this season.

Gardner will get the chance potentially to play against his younger brother Gary, who is part of Aston Villa's first team.

Here is a look at the comments via Twitter... 

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