Steve Bruce is delighted to be reunited with striker Nicklas Bendtner after the Danish international joined the club on loan until the end of the season.
Bendtner has joined the Black Cats until the end of the season after the club missed out on signing Peter Crouch, who moved to Stoke City.
The 23-year-old played under Bruce while he was at Birmingham City and the boss is looking towards the ex-Blue to lead his attack.
“I’ve had the privilege of working with Nicklas previously," he said.
"I had him as an 18-year-old and he helped clinch promotion with Birmingham with me.”
“He is an outstanding talent and is a big, physical presence who will lead the line magnificently for us.”
Bendtner joins a congested Sunderland squad which already includes four full fit strikers in Ji-Dong Won, Connor Wickham, Asamoah Gyan and Stephane Sessegnon.
The closing of the transfer window brings an end to a frantic transfer window at the Stadium of Light which has seen 23 players come and go from the club.
The likes of Jordan Henderson, Steed Malbranque and Anton Ferdinand have all departed, while a new breed of players such as Craig Gardner, John O'Shea and David Vaughan are all seeing in a new era in the north-east.
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