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Nicklas Bendtner in talks over Aston Villa move

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Nicklas Bendtner's faltering Premier League career seems to of been given a huge lifeline, as Aston Villa are currently in talks to bring the Danish striker to Villa Park. 

Bendtner, who is now a free agent - after being released by Arsenal at the end of last season - is in talks with the Midlands club over a deal that will see him remain in the top flight of English football, according to the Daily Mail

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Striker shortage 

Villa boss Paul Lambert is facing a small crisis in attack, with Libor Kozak and star player Christian Benteke out with long term injuries. This means a return for Darren Bent to the first team, as everyone turns to him to provide the goals. 

Bent has had a mixed time at Villa Park following his big money move from Sunderland in 2011, which included a disappointing loan spell with Fulham last season. Despite this the 30-year-old's goalscoring record is not bad at all, having managed 21 goals in 54 appearances.   

Lambert is now on the prowl for adequate cover up front and is attempting to do this on an extremely low budget, with Bendtner looking ever more likely to be their man. German outfit Eintracht Frankfurt, are also reportedly interested, however, the 26-year-old would prefer a move to another Premier League club.

Arsenal

Bendtner's career with Arsenal began when he was just 16 and lasted for ten years, which may come as a surprise to some. The striker made a total of 171 appearances for the north London club in a period which presented many highs and lows. 

His reputation was not considered the best, with even Arsenal fans labelling him as a laughing stock, after the Danish international claimed he was one of the best strikers in the world. 

Gunners boss Arsene Wenger gave Bendtner many opportunities in his Arsenal career, which included loan spells at Birmingham, Sunderland and Italian giants Juventus, before it was eventually decided that his contract wouldn't be renewed at the end of last season.

Villa influence

Villa are facing a very tough time at the present, with American owner Randy Lerner in on-going discussions to sell the club he took over in 2006. This has left boss Lambert in a tricky situation, as he has hardly any money to spend in the transfer market.

To add to his problems, he clubs influential chief executive Paul Faulkner stepped down yesterday, as Lerner's time seems to be at an end. Faulkner expressed his appreciation for his former colleague and the support of the fans.  

"I would like to thank Randy Lerner for the opportunity to become involved with Aston Villa and for the relationship we built over years, which pre-dated my time at the Club," Faulkner told reporters

"To the Villa fans, I am grateful for their support over the years, and for their passionate love for and loyalty to this great club, which deserves the very best."

In regards to Bendtner, Villa have already made an offer, but talks are still on-going to reach a final agreement. It turns out we might not have seen the last of the Dane just yet. 

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