Former Arsenal striker Nicklas Bendtner is narrowing in on a return to England, two years after leaving the Emirates.
Strong reports today suggest that the Danish international is in advanced talks to join Championship side Nottingham Forest, with the Guardian in particular claiming that the two parties are close to a deal.
In fact, assuming a deal is finalised relatively quickly, one of Bendtner’s first matches for his new club will be against Arsenal in the EFL Cup third round in two weeks.
The 28-year-old is without a club having seen his contract terminated by Bundesliga club Wolfsburg back in April for multiple breaches of discipline. He had made 47 appearances since joining in the summer of 2014, but his relationship with club officials deteriorated massively in the weeks and months leading up to his eventual dismissal.
Bendtner has been without a club since then and despite talks with a number of clubs, he is still seeking employment.
Nottingham Forest would be his fourth club in England, and his second in the Championship. He came through Arsenal’s youth set-up, making his senior debut in a League Cup tie in 2005. He went on to score 47 goals in 171 at the club, and was also sent out on loan to Birmingham City, Sunderland and Juventus in that time.
However, it is not for his goalscoring that fans will remember him for, rather his unshakable confidence. The striker said in 2009:
“I want to be top scorer in the Premier League, top scorer at the World Cup and, within five years, I want to be among the best strikers in the world.”
Seven years later, those dreams remain unfulfilled. It’s one of a long line of things other than actually playing football that Bendtner has become infamous for.
That being said, he could still be a perfectly adept Championship striker if he puts his mind to it – his record of 29 goals in 72 matches for Denmark is semi-decent.
In Forest he may yet find his level – far away from the likes of Real or Barcelona (which he probably still believes is his level), though many on social media are predicting that his potential new club aren’t quite ready for the turbulence ahead:
— BBC Sport (@BBCSport) September 6, 2016
Rumours abound that Nicklas Bendtner is close to signing for Nottingham Forest… pic.twitter.com/1Deuz9gYzi
— Footy Accumulators (@FootyAccums) September 6, 2016
Nicklas Bendtner in advance talks to sign for Nottingham Forest.
Forest play Arsenal in 2 weeks! pic.twitter.com/0b79SR1qxq
— Coral (@Coral) September 6, 2016
Rumours that Nottingham Forest are set to sign Nicklas Bendtner.
3⃣ ⚽️ in his last 4⃣0⃣ league games. pic.twitter.com/9NqNAv6rBM
— Marathonbet (@marathonbet) September 6, 2016