Hughton cool on pair

Birmingham boss cools Gardner and Cox transfer talk

Craig Gardner: Chris Hughton does not see anything happening regarding bringing him to Birmingham

Birmingham boss Chris Hughton has played down transfer talk regarding Craig Gardner and Simon Cox.

Hughton made enquiries concerning versatile Sunderland midfielder Gardner and Baggies striker Cox as he plots a push to the Premier League.

But Hughton admits his hopes of landing the pair look set to come to nothing.

Regarding Gardner, he told the Birmingham Mail: "I don't think it would be going against anything or wrong to say there was an enquiry from ourselves. But I don't see anything happening there.

"He's a Sunderland player, they have a new manager, he's been in the team and scoring a few goals - a couple of cracking goals - and I can very much understand why they wouldn't want to do anything."

The Birmingham boss also played down talk of signing Cox, adding: "No, nothing there. The fact he's playing in their team at the moment shows what value he has to them.

"He's a very good player but he's a West Bromwich Albion player."