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Arsenal 'accept five bids' for striker Nicklas Bendtner

By James Olley

Although Nicklas Bendtner's Arsenal career has effectively been over for the past couple of years, it is expected to be made official in the next couple of weeks.


The striker, championed by Arsene Wenger to make a major impact on the Premier League after making his debut for the Gunners in 2005, is the subject of five bids, all of which have been accepted, The Evening Standard has reported.

The past two seasons have seen the 25-year-old go out on loan, first at Sunderland and then last term at Juventus.

In January, Bendtner had an opportunity to move to Hamburg but turned down the move after claiming they were not a big enough club for him.

Yet the player appears to have lowered his sites, and Arsenal have lowered his price tag to around £3m, leading to multiple offers.

Borussia Monchengladbach, Eintracht Frankfurt and Besiktas are among the teams thought to have agreed terms with the Gunners and Bendtner must now decide where he will play next season.

“Arsenal have agreed with five clubs so now it is up to me to make a choice,” he told Danish newspaper Ekstra Bladet.

“I will make that choice within the next 14 days. They are all good clubs. It is a hugely important choice I’m faced with. I must go where I am wanted. As a footballer, there is only one thing that can make you happy: playing time.”

Bendtner is keen to revive his career having not played for Arsenal since August 2011. He has scored 43 goals in 157 appearances since joining the club as a youth-team player in 2005.

His time in Italy last season was little short of a disaster. Having been branded “too fat to play” by Juve’s coaches upon arriving in Turin last September, Bendtner failed to score in 11 appearances as he struggled to impose himself.

Although Bendtner has never lacked confidence in believing he is destined to play at the highest level, he has for the first time indicated his next move may not be to an elite European side.

“Will it be good for me to go to a big club where I risk the bench? No, I’d rather go somewhere where the club is located just below the top where I can play every week,” said the Dane. “I can take a step back to take three forward.”

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