Stoke City: Potters ponder Arsenal's Nicklas Bendtner loan offer
ARSENAL striker Nicklas Bendtner has been offered to Stoke City in a loan deal.
But several other clubs are also in contact with his representatives as the Gunners bid to move him on ahead of tomorrow's transfer deadline.
The 24-year-old Denmark international was on AC Milan's radar before talks stalled earlier this week, while Juventus have also expressed an interest in a permanent deal.
Bendtner was linked with Stoke in the final few hours of last summer's window before joining Sunderland instead.
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Tony Pulis will have asked Black Cats boss Martin O'Neill for the inside track on Bendtner ahead of any move for the outspoken striker.
Bendtner, who netted eight goals in 29 Premier League appearances for Sunderland last term, famously described himself in 2010 as "one of the best strikers in the world" when asked to assess his talents.
Arsenal will also have alerted the likes of Stoke to misfit striker Marouane Chamakh being available for loan.
And while the likes of strikers Kenwyne Jones and Cameron Jerome fail to attract concrete offers, the loan option could be Stoke's most viable source of business in the last 48 hours of dealing.
Meanwhile, talks with Tottenham to try to revive Tom Huddlestone's season-long loan have not yet advanced as Stoke want.
The club want assurances to cover themselves financially after Huddlestone's medical threw up concerns that his long-term ankle injury could flare up again.
Stoke's hierarchy will also be disappointed that midfielder Wilson Palacios has yet to attract any meaningful interest ahead of tomorrow's 11pm deadline.
The Honduran, who is about to celebrate his first anniversary at the Britannia, has slipped so far down the pecking order that he was selected for an under-21s cup game at Morecambe last night instead of being included in the 18 for Tuesday's Capital One Cup tie at home to Swindon.
Stoke's shock 4-3 exit was greeted philosophically by chairman Peter Coates as he assessed the impact of bowing out so early in one of the two competitions his club could realistically win.
"Yes, it was a huge disappointment to get knocked out so soon," he acknowledged, "but if you concede four goals you don't win anything."
Coates praised the support and the patience of Tuesday's home crowd as they largely stuck with their team during the roller-coaster cup tie.
"They certainly tried to rally the players when they needed help," he said. "In fact, I think they did help them get back into the game on the night."
Meanwhile, Coates has declared himself satisfied with the early form of newcomers Michael Kightly and Geoff Cameron, while reflecting on the disappointment of seeing Jamie Ness limp off on his debut during extra-time against Swindon.
"I like Kightly from what I have seen so far," he stated, "and I also think we've got a good player in Cameron.
"I know the manager likes what he has seen of Ness. His injury is disappointing, of course, and we are just keeping our fingers crossed it's not a recurrence of the problems he had in the past."