There is a feeling of surprise in the Football Transfer Tavern after punters unfurled today’s instalment of The Mirror to read that Stoke City are interested in signing up Arsenal outcast Nicklas Bendtner this summer.
Now we know that Tony Pulis likes signing tall and strong players at the Britannia Stadium but we didn’t expect that he would be interested in signing Denmark international Bendtner who isn’t expected to forge part of Arsene Wenger’s first team plans next season at the Emirates Stadium.
Currently on loan at Juventus, it has been a very underwhelming temporary spell with the Old Lady and Bendtner still awaits his first goal in Serie A.
Having struck 22 goals in 99 games for Arsenal since he made his debut in 2005, the stats don’t sound too bad but at a club like Arsenal there is significant pressure on being consistent and especially given the striking riches the North London club have enjoyed down the years in Thierry Henry and Dennis Bergkamp.
For Stoke City’s part they may see Bendtner as a replacement for the outgoing Peter Crouch who has today been linked with West Ham United who are considering the beanpole striker as an alternative to Liverpool’s Andy Carroll who may simply cost too much money for the Hammers.
The Potters would have to agree to Bendtner’s £60,000-a-week wages however which could prove a stumbling block.