Fulham are favourites to sign Arsenal striker Nicklas Bendtner, according to a Danish sports website.
Bendtner was rumoured to be on the brink of leaving Arsenal over the weekend after Arsene Wenger left the striker out of his squad for the club’s pre-season tour of Asia. Sky Sports then reported that Bendtner was in negotiations with an unnamed Premier League club.
Sporten are suggesting that Fulham and Aston Villa are interested in signing the 23 year-old. They suggest that Fulham hold the advantage as Bendtner is keen not to uproot his young family from London, but the stumbling block could come over what type of deal Martin Jol is planning. Fulham are unable to meet Arsenal’s valuation of £8m and a proposed loan move would be dependent on Arsenal continuing to pay a potion of the player’s £50,000-a-week wages. The most likely deal would be a loan with a view to a permanent transfer.
Bendtner has scored thirteen goals in 48 appearances in his six years at Arsenal, although he did spend a season on loan at Birmingham. The striker has become frustrated with his lack of first-team football at the Emirates and declared his intention to look for a new club should he not been guaranteed regular football back in February.