Arsenal striker on €4m January shortlist

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Arsenal forward Nicklas Bendtner has made a shortlist of January strike targets at Serie A giants Lazio according to Calciomercato, who are mulling over whether to register a €4m bid this month or wait to sign the Danish striker on a free transfer this summer.

Bendtner has been reintegrated into the Arsenal first-team squad by Gunners boss Arsene Wenger this season, despite coming within a whisker of joining Crystal Palace last summer following a frustrating close season spent chasing a new club without success.

The Danish international has provided cover for Olivier Giroud at the Emirates for much of the campaign, scoring twice in eight Premier League appearances, but his long-term future remains very much in doubt.

Wenger is extremely unlikely to entertain bids for Bendnter without strengthening before the transfer window closes, but that has not stopped returning Lazio coach Edy Reja identifying the forward as a potential addition as Miroslav Klose considers his future in the Eternal City.

Reja has been frustrated in his attempts to sign Alessandro Matri this month and views Bendtner as an achievable alternative, although Lazio chiefs would prefer to wait five months and pick up the 26-year-old on a free transfer.

Bendtner will have mixed memories of his only previous stint in Serie A, a loan spell with Juventus which was largely ruined by a season-ending knee injury and unrest off the field.

Arsenal are currently waiting on their second-choice centre-forward to make a recover from an ankle ligament problem, with an FA Cup clash with Coventry City this Friday viewed as a realistic proposition for a first-team return.

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