Hull City manager Steve Bruce says Nicklas Bendtner is too expensive for his Hull side, despite reports linking the Tigers with a bid for the Arsenal outcast.
Bendtner has played under Bruce twice and even though he would be interested in linking up with the Danish international once again, Bruce has conceded that the club cannot afford to bring someone of Bendtner's calibre to the club.
In an interview with Sky Sports, Bruce admitted: "Nicklas, I've had twice, and there's no question about his ability.
"It's obviously, when you're coming from a club like Arsenal, a) can we afford him? and b) would Nicklas want to come to us?
"So, all of those questions we have to ask ourselves and the big thing is the financial one."
Bruce is on the lookout for reinforcements as looks to get a squad together that is capable of competing in the Premier League, though the ex-Manchester United defender is not looking to put the club's financial future at risk to do so.
"I think as a club a few years ago it got itself into a mess and, if it wasn't for the owners now in charge, then the club would still be in a mess," Bruce added.
"We have to be well balanced and afford what we can afford, and not send the club, if we don't succeed in what we want to do, into an abyss. We've got to be mindful of that.
"Nicklas Bendtner, without question, has got huge talent, but he might just be too expensive."
Bendtner has been sent out on over the last few seasons to Juventus and Sunderland respectively, and the Arsenal striker looks set to leave again.
Arsenal are looking to shift Bendtner to make room for potential signings like Real Madrid's striker Gonzalo Higuain, who they've been linked with for the past month after stating his desire to leave Real Madrid this summer.
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