Neil Fissler brings you the lat­est hot gos­sip from the trans­fer mar­ket

The Football League Paper - - NEWS - By Neil Fissler

AUS­TRALIAN in­ter­na­tional Lu­cas Neill is still keen on a move to the Cham­pi­onship for the rest of the sea­son.

He has been train­ing with for­mer club Black­burn Rovers who have in­di­cated they will not be of­fer­ing him a deal. LEE Clark, the Birm­ing­ham boss, is keen on an emer­gency loan move for Sun­der­land mid­fielder Craig Gard­ner.

Gard­ner made 42 Pre­mier League ap­pear­ances for Birm­ing­ham, scor­ing nine goals fol­low­ing a switch from As­ton Villa in Jan­uary 2010.

He mem­o­rably scored the Blues win­ning goal in their League Cup semi­fi­nal win against West Ham United.

And he was part of the side that shocked Ar­se­nal 2-1 at Wem­b­ley. That went a long way to se­cur­ing him a move to Sun­der­land in June 2011 for an undis­closed fee.

The 27-year-old is out of con­tract in the sum­mer and his days at the Sta­dium of Light ap­pear to be num­bered.

In the Jan­uary trans­fer win­dow he was a tar­get for West Bromwich Al­bion, but Gus Poyet re­fused to give the deal the green light.

There are still plenty of tak­ers for his ser­vices from the Cham­pi­onship with Not­ting­ham For­est and Queens Park Rangers among those keen on him.

Poyet is will­ing to let him leave but wants to hang on un­til closer to the March 28 emer­gency loan dead­line.

He be­lieves Gard­ner could yet have a part to play for Sun­der­land who are bat­tling against rel­e­ga­tion from the Pre­mier League. GILLING­HAM are among clubs chas­ing hot­shot Jordan Ter Horst. The 17-year-old has net­ted 30 goals in the Ry­man League for Folk­stone In­victa this sea­son. CARLISLE UNITED are in­ter­ested in sign­ing Sh­effield Wed­nes­day striker Gary Ma­dine af­ter his re­lease from prison.

Carlisle boss Gra­ham Ka­vanagh was in reg­u­lar con­tact with the £5,000 a week striker dur­ing the four-months he spent in­side for at­tack­ing two people in a night­club.

Ma­dine had talks with Owls fol­low­ing his re­lease from an 18-month sen­tence and will find out next week if he has a fu­ture with the club.

They are still con­sid­er­ing whether to sack the dis­graced striker who has ex­pressed re­gret at ‘let­ting people down’.

Ma­dine spent four sea­sons with Carlisle be­fore his Hills­bor­ough move in 2011 and Ka­vanagh has al­ready shown he is will­ing to give play­ers a sec­ond chance.

In Novem­ber he signed ex-Manch­ester City de­fender Court­ney Mep­penWal­ter who re­ceived 16 months in jail fol­low­ing a traf­fic col­li­sion which led to two deaths.

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