Tony Pulis is lining up a club record £9million bid for Arsenal striker Nicklas Bendtner according to the Daily Mirror.
As the 2011-12 season fast approaches, Stoke City find themselves short on numbers and Pulis is looking to strengthen in a variety of areas.
Gunners boss Arsene Wenger has paved the way for Bendtner to leave the Emirates Stadium this summer, after leaving him out of all the senior squad's pre-season plans, and further adding to his forward line with the signing of Gervinho.
After scoring only twice for Arsenal in the Barclays Premier League last season, Bendtner has now been deemed surplus to requirements in north London, as Wenger looks to freshen up his squad as the Gunners bid to mount a new title challenge next year.
The 23-year-old Danish international has been heavily linked with a move to Portugal with Sporting Lisbon, but it is believed that Bendtner would prefer to remain in England if the opportunity arises.
His representatives are said to have held preliminary talks with Potters officials over a proposed switch to the Britannia Stadium, a move that would confirm the end of a seven-year spell at Arsenal.
Discussing the subject of potential arrivals at Stoke, Pulis confirmed, "We are threadbare at the moment. Fingers crossed we can bring one or two players in over the next few days."
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