CRAIG Gardner is expected to complete a Bosman move to West Brom before the weekend.
As the Echo revealed last week, Gardner was told before the end of the season that he would not be offered a new deal by Sunderland, with his current contract expiring next month.
The Brummie had been limited to a fringe role under Gus Poyet and was widely expected to join West Brom, who been tracking the midfielder almost since he first arrived at the Stadium of Light in a £6million move from Birmingham City.
Gardner is thought to have been at the Hawthorns today for contract talks and is expected to complete a deal with the Baggies by the end of the week.
West Brom will become the third West Midlands club that Gardner has played for after previous stints at Aston Villa and Birmingham.