Hull City boss Steve Bruce feels wantaway Arsenal striker Nicklas Bendtner will prove too expensive for the newly promoted Premier League side, as he looks to strengthen ahead of the clubs revival in England’s elite league.
Bendtner is seeking a permanent move away from the Gunners after spending consecutive seasons on loans at Sunderland and Juventus, however is struggling to find a club to meet his expectations.
The Danish international was on the verge of a move to Bundesliga club Eintracht Frankfurt but any deal failed to come to fruition with rumours of personal terms an issue – most likely financial requirements.
Bruce knows Bendtner well after managing him while he was on loan with both Birmingham City and Sunderland, however he feels Hull City’s financial cautiousness after returning to the top flight will most likely affect any attempt to prize the Dane away from Arsenal.
Bruce told Sky Sports News:
Nicklas, I’ve had twice, and there’s no question about his ability.
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It’s obviously, when you’re coming from a club like Arsenal, a) can we afford him? and b) would Nicklas want to come to us?
So, all of those questions we have to ask ourselves and the big thing is the financial one.
I think as a club a few years ago it got itself into a mess and, if it wasn’t for the owners now in charge, then the club would still be in a mess.
We have to be well balanced and afford what we can afford, and not send the club, if we don’t succeed in what we want to do, into an abyss. We’ve got to be mindful of that.
Nicklas Bendtner, without question, has got huge talent, but he might just be too expensive.
Arsenal need to get the 25-year-old off their books this summer however it is proving as difficult as ever. The last thing Wenger needs is another Squillaci situation where a senior player sucks away their contract and doesn’t contribute to the squad.
It is in Bendtner’s best interests to leave as he needs to get his career back on track, so he needs to take the necessary pay cut and secure a move away. Not another bloody loan move! It seems the Gunners are willing to listen to very cheap offers transfer-fee wise with Frankfurt offering a cheap £3m, something Hull can match but the issue lies in the wage package.
What are your thoughts Gooners? Do you think Bendnter is pushing his luck or is it Arsenal holding out for more money?