The Jamaican has been at Bolton for 13 years and has made 405 appearances for the club. Gardner worked with Allardyce for seven years and looks set to reunite with his old manager at West Ham. He will also be reuniting with old team mate Kevin Nolan who is also set to sign for The Hammers.
At 32 Gardner is not getting any younger and where he used to be an attacking player, either playing as a winger or wing-back, he may be more conservative with his runs and play more of a traditional left-back role, going forward when possible but defending more.
The left back position is one that has needed to be addressed, with Wayne Bridge there last season on loan, there has not been a regular player for that position. It may be a long time since Gardner has played in the Championship, but he knows what is needed to gain promotion, but also knows what it feels like to miss out on promotion.
It seems like at the moment that Sam Allardyce is bringing in experience and players who he knows what they can do and what he can get out of them, and so far looks to be making West Ham a stronger team than they were when they went down, and depending on who leaves, it looks as if they have a great chance to come straight back up.