Alan Pardew wants Arsenal striker to lead Newcastle attack

Paul Gilham

Newcastle United are reportedly interested in soon to be former Arsenal striker Nicklas Bendtner, who is a free agent this summer.

Newcastle United have been linked to a handful of strikers leading up to the summer transfer window, like they're often wont to be. This transfer window however, it makes a ton of sense because the only true striker on the senior team is Papiss Cisse, who had offseason surgery on his knee and could be out an extended amount of time.

This has left the Toon linked with some free agent strikers this summer, as it's a "bargain shopping" method that works out sometimes and that seems to be no different than their latest link to soon to be former Arsenal striker Nicklas Bendtner.

via The Metro:

According to some suggestions, Bendtner will be offered a two-year deal by Magpies manager Alan Pardew, but he will have to take a cut on the £52,000-a-week salary he earned at Arsenal.

Bendtner would more likely earn something like £40,000-a-week in the North East, but it's not clear whether he would be willing to take such a reduction.

A move like this for Bendtner, a free agent, would actually make quite a bit of sense for Newcastle given their current start, regardless of your opinion of Bendtner. He offers the same type of style of play that Luuk de Jong did, as well as Bafetimbi Gomis who the Toon are once again linked to.

In that, the 26-year old striker stands 6'4" tall and is good in the air and can hold up play for when Pardew undoubtedly wants to hoof it.

Gomis has once again been linked to Newcastle, as he's a free agent like Bendtner, but is said to want somewhere close to £90,000-£100,000-a-week in wages, which we know Mike Ashley isn't going to pay. Bendtner offers the same skill-set but at a slash of the wage cost, even at his Arsenal salary.

The big catch obviously with Bendtner is that he's a head case who's form has been all over the place the past three years or so. Not only has he been difficult to deal with, he hasn't gotten on the pitch much even on a team that's in need of striker help.

Bendtner played in just 14 matches last season, scoring two goals, but in the past he's been a player who can find the back of the net. From 2007 through mid-2011 Bendtner scored 45 goals in all competitions with Arsenal, then has been in a three year slump ever since with failed loan bids at Sunderland (though he led them in scoring) and Juventus and sat most of last season as an unused sub.

It's no skin off Newcastle's back if they "miss out" on Bendtner and they certainly shouldn't give him hefty wages, but he'd be an interesting gamble on a free transfer. What's he going to do, unsettle Alan Pardew's locker room?

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