TRANSFER TALK Former Sunderland loan striker left in limbo as career threatens to stall

Nicklas Bendtner back in his Sunderland days
Nicklas Bendtner back in his Sunderland days
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NICKLAS Bendtner’s stuttering career has hit another setback with the striker believing Arsenal are pricing him out of a move.

The Danish forward – who spent the 2011-12 season on loan to Sunderland – has returned to the Emirates after spending last season on loan to Serie A giants Juventus.

He has been keen to leave the Gunners for some time after a very public fall out with the club but says he is going to struggle to find a club to match both Arsenal’s £6.5m valuation and his wage demands.

Several Sunday newspapers report that Bendtner is now ready to threaten to STAY at Arsenal for the remaining year of his contract and leave for free next summer – unless the Gunners drop their asking price.

The 25-year-old Danish international is on more than £75,000 per week at the moment and will find it hard to get a club prepared to pay him that sort of money given he has failed to enhance his reputation in recent seasons.

In order to attract potential buyers, he is likely to need Arsenal to give him away for a very modest sum and so far the North London side have shown reluctance to do so.

Bendtner blew hot and cold during his stay at Sunderland, scoring eight goals in 25 starts and three substitute appearances for the Black Cats.

But that was infinitely better than he managed on loan at Juventus last season where he made just two starts (seven sub) and failed to score.