Arsenal forward Nicklas Bendtner has become a surprise target for relegation threatened Birmingham City. The Blues have been suffering from second season syndrome this time out in the Premiership despite reaching the Carling Cup semi-final.
Bendtner, 22, has attracted major interest from some of Europe’s elite in his quest for regular first team football with Lazio and Bayern Munich heavily linked with bids for the giant frontman. Birmingham who had Bendtner on loan for the entire 2006-07 season, where he performed admirably helping the side to promotion.
Alex McLeish is said to be lining up another loan move for the 35 cap Danish forward after his summer signing Nikola Žigić has failed to live up to his £6 million price tag. Bendtner represents a much more reliable striking option and has a good Premiership pedigree.
Birmingham of course are not favourites to sign the player as they don’t have the reputation of their more illustrious rivals. Bayern and Lazio would want the player on a fulltime basis and would not be interested in a loan deal; this could be a deciding factor if any deal is to take place.
Bendtner has stated in the media that he wishes to stay at the Gunners till the end of the season and fight for his place, but in the topsy turvy existence of a footballer is this enough to keep him at the Emirates if an acceptable offer comes in.
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