Stadium of Light and St James’ Park sides go head to head in pursuit of Emirates Stadium back up.
SUNDERLAND and Newcastle are going head-to-head in a battle for Arsenals unwanted striker Nicklas Bendtner.
Both clubs were represented when the 23-year-old striker played the first half of Denmarks friendly with Scotland at Hampden on Wednesday.
Arsenal are asking £14million for Bendtner but Newcastle have only offered £9m.
And Black Cats boss Steve Bruce is confident he can win the battle for Bendtner just like he did with fellow Scandinavian Seb Larsson.
Both Larsson and Bendtner had a loan spell from Arsenal with Birmingham City when Bruce was in charge at St Andrews.
SOURCE: The People
Given that Mike Ashley has barely given Newcastle United boss Alan Pardew a penny this summer and that Sunderland have signed ten players this summer, it seems likely that the Black Cats would be most likely to nab Arsenal’s want-away striker Nicklas Bendnter this summer.
The Gunners striker has failed to find a regular spot in Arsene Wenger’s starting line up but has still notched up 45 goals for the North London club and will be a very useful signing for either of these North-East giants to capture.
Newcastle United lost Andy Carroll in January and have brought in Demba Ba to act as the club’s first choice striker with the likes of Shola Ameobi, Nile Ranger, Leon Best and Peter Lovenkrands also available to the Magpies boss.
Sunderland have a number of attacking options with Asamoah Gyan being the main man for Steve Bruce’s side. The Stadium of Light boss has also signed youngster Connor Wickham this summer and South Korean international Ji Dong-Won.
Arsene Wenger now sees Gervinho and Robin Van Persie as his first choice strike pairing and with Marouane Chamakh and Carlos Vela to call upon there is little need to keep the giant Dane at the Emirates Stadium.