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Gunners struggle to sell striker

Nicklas Bendtner's wage demands are blocking a move

By | 30th August 2013

Arsenal once again appear unable to offload striker Nicklas Bendtner. The Danish international has been sent out on loan in recent seasons, and this summer has been shopped around to clubs throughout Europe. Hull City manager Steve Bruce is the latest to highlight Arsenal’s struggles to sell Bendtner, publicly saying that the striker’s wage demands are making him difficult to purchase.

“Everyone assumes [an interest in Bendtner] but the problem with Nic is can I afford him?” the Hull boss said ahead of Monday’s transfer deadline, according to talkSPORT.

“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.

“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.

“Can you get one in? It’s always difficult but we’re always trying. We’re looking to get maybe one more in. That will prove difficult but we’re working away.”

The striker is reportedly on wages in the region of £50,000 per week, ruling many smaller clubs out. The Dane spent last season on loan at Serie A champions Juventus, but only managed to start two league matches for the Old Lady. He failed to score in club football last season, but did manage to net five goals for Denmark.

Bendtner previously played under Hull City manager Steve Bruce at Sunderland and Birmingham City, but another reunion looks unlikely if the player is not willing to budge on his wage demands.

With Arsenal striker Lukas Podolski set to miss at least two months of action, the Gunners have just Olivier Giroud and Yaya Sanogo to choose from.

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