Hull resume interest in Arsenal outcast Bendtner

Premier League new boys Hull are to resurrect their interest in signing Arsenal striker Nicklas Bendtner, the Daily Mirror has reported, with manager Steve Bruce a long-time admirer of the Denmark international.

Bruce has twice signed Bendtner on loan – first for Birmingham City, then Sunderland – and wanted to bring the 25-year-old to Hull on a permanent basis this summer. A £3m fee was agreed between the clubs but the move broke down over Bendtner’s wages – he is paid £50,000 per week at Arsenal.

But Bruce is willing to try again for Bendtner, although this time faces competition for the player’s signature from West Brom and fellow promoted side Crystal Palace. Bruce also needs to shift Nick Proschwitz, who has struggled since joining the club in a £2.6m deal a year ago – and Bendtner would still have to accept a pay cut to be reunited with Bruce.

Bendtner has not featured for Arsenal since August 2011, spending time on loan first at Sunderland and last year, Juventus, where he struggled to make an impression as the club won the Serie A title. But with his place in Denmark’s World Cup squad in question, Bendtner is looking for first team football, the newspaper claims.

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