Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 21 September 2014

Black Cats land Bendtner

Nicklas Bendtner

Sunderland boss Steve Bruce finally got his man on Wednesday night when he clinched a season-long loan deal for Arsenal striker Nicklas Bendtner.

The 23-year-old has clinched a temporary move to the Stadium of Light after being told he was not part of Arsene Wenger's plans.

Bruce will hope he will bring the goals his side has been lacking to date this season and provide a foil for Asamoah Gyan, who himself was the subject of interest from Turkey during the final days of the transfer window.

The deal re-unites a player and a manager who worked together during their time at Birmingham.

Bruce said: "I've had the privilege of working with Nicklas previously. I had him as an 18 year-old and he helped clinch promotion for Birmingham.

"He's an outstanding talent and is a big, physical presence who will lead the line magnificently for us."

Bendtner is the third frontman to arrive at the club this summer following the captures of youngsters Connor Wickham and Ji Dong-won, who Bruce believes will be big players for the club in the years to come.

However, he was keen to recruit more experience after seeing his side score just once in the opening four games of the season, a run which has seen them draw in the Barclays Premier League at Liverpool and Swansea and lose to arch-rivals Newcastle as well as npower Championship Brighton in the Carling Cup.

Bendtner made his Gunners debut as a teenager against the Black Cats in a League Cup tie in 2005, but has struggled to command a regular place in the starting line-up at the Emirates Stadium.

He has won 38 senior caps for Denmark and scored 12 goals.

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