Transfer news: Arsenal striker Nicklas Bendtner in talks with Crystal Palace - reports
Striker had struggled to hold down a first-team place with the Gunners
Friday 30 August 2013
Arsenal striker Nicklas Bendtner is in talks with Crystal Palace, according to Sky Sports. The Denmark international had struggled to hold down a first-team place with the Gunners, and has been out on loan for the past two seasons – Sunderland in 2011/12, and Juventus last season.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger did say this morning that it seemed likely that Bendtner would no longer be leaving the north London club, saying: “The chance for Bendtner to leave now is very small. If he comes back well and gets fit, I will use him.” However, this now appears to not be the case with Palace in talks with the 25-year-old, who will have to take a pay cut from his £52,000 per week wages to move to Selhurst Park.
Earlier in the week Hull City manager Steve Bruce confirmed Bendtner's salary curtailed the talks his club had had with the striker.
"He has a huge salary. I've been able to get him on loan at my last two clubs. I know the lad, he has terrific ability but it's difficult with the amount of money he earns at the minute," Bruce said.
"For us to go and make a huge difference, to get a striker who can get 20 goals a year...where does a club like ours get them?
"They are few and far between and if they are capable of getting 20 goals a season they're usually too expensive."
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