Newcastle United frontrunners to sign former Arsenal forward Nicklas Bendtner

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Former Arsenal striker Nicklas Bendtner could be set for a Premier League return to Newcastle United to 'solve' the club's struggles in front of goal, reports the Independent, as per Bild.

Widely renowned as 'Lord Bendtner' or the 'Wolf of Wolfsburg', the Dane has become surplus to requirements at the Bundesliga side amidst rumours he returned from the Christmas break unfit.

Wolfsburg manager Dieter Hecking blasted the 27-year-old's attitude and lack of commitment to the club whilst at a training camp in Portugal, which could pave way for an exit from the Volkswagen Arena.


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He told reporters: "Nicklas has to run because he obviously did not carry out our training plans 100-per-cent.

"It's evident that he did not work enough during the winter break, and thus he either has to catch up on those runs or pay a fine.”

And according to reports, Steve McClaren's Magpies are the frontrunners to sign Bendtner, who has become something of a laughing stock in recent seasons.

The Denmark international has sought to refute such criticism for a lack of commitment, though, and according to Hecking he has been "professional about his punishment."

Rumours of an exit have intensified even more so given Bendtner's apparent disappointment at featuring so little for Wolfburg last year.

He told German outlet Bild: "Everyone can add up the numbers. We played a total of 53 matches in 2015, and I started five of them."

Bendtner scored just 24 goals in 108 league appearances during his time with Arsenal in the Premier League, suggesting he might not be the goalscoring threat Newcastle and McClaren need to avoid relegation this season.

Good luck, Steve.

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