Done deal: Aston Villa fans favourite agrees last-gasp exit
By Harry Sykes
Aston Villa midfielder Gary Gardner has joined Barnsley on a season-long loan, it was announced shortly before the transfer window cut-off.
The Yorkshire club revealed that Gardner, 25, has finalised a move that will keep him at Oakwell for the entirety of the campaign.
????????️ We’re delighted to announce that Gary Gardner has joined the Reds on a season loan from @AVFCOfficial.
— Barnsley FC (@bfc_official) August 31, 2017
Football Insider revealed at the start of deadline day that Villa academy product and fans favourite Gardner was closing in on Barnsley loan.
They have beaten a number of other Championship clubs to the signing of the goalscoring midfielder.
Ex-England Under-21 international Gardner has made only one appearance in the League Cup this season in the 4-1 win over Wigan.
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The all-action midfielder was regarded as one of the best prospects when he broke into the Villa side as a teenager, but several changes to management personnel have held up the progress.
Gardner made 27 appearances in all competitions for Villa last season, scoring a spectacular goal for the club in the 1-1 derby draw with Birmingham City in October, but Villa boss Steve Bruce is happy to let him move to free up space in his squad.
Barnsley boss Paul Heckingbottom is a big fan of Gardner and sees him as being a key addition to his plans at Oakwell.
In other Aston Villa transfer news, the club have ambushed Leeds’ attempt to sign a £59,000-a-week ace.