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Arsenal striker Nicklas Bendtner could be on his way out of North London with the Daily Star linking him with a summer move to Sunderland.

The 23-year-old Denmark international has made no secret of his desire to play more first-team football, with recent speculation suggesting the Gunners front man will seek a move away from the Emirates Stadium in order to fulfil that ambition.

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has reassured Bendtner that he remains very much in his first-team plans, but a lack of opportunity has left the 6ft 3in striker considering his future.

Black Cats manager Steve Bruce is a known admirer of Bendtner's talent, having worked with him during his time at Birmingham City - where the great Dane spent a season long loan in 2006/07.


Arsenal's number 52 has been used sparingly for much of the current campaign, and is predominantly deployed out wide when called upon in the first-team.

Despite the fact he has played out of position for much of his Arsenal career, Bendtner has still managed to notch an impressive 45 senior goals since graduating from the Gunners' academy.

The return from injury of leading striker Robin van Persie has hardly helped matters, with Bendtner finding it increasingly difficult to establish himself as a permanent fixture in the Arsenal starting line-up. reports that Blackburn Rovers, Bayern Munich and Inter Milan have all been monitoring Bendtner's situation, with his future likely to be determined by the outcome of Arsenal's season and whether or not they are successful in their pursuit of the Barclays Premier League title.

Either way, Sunderland remain the frontrunners for the player's signature, who could move to the Stadium of Light as soon as the transfer window reopens in June.

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