Nicklas Bendtner might not be enduring the best season of his career but it seems despite scoring no goals for Juventus since his loan spell there, suffering a lengthy injury lay-off and being handed a severe drink-driving ban, Hamburg are still interested in signing the Arsenal man despite being rebuffed by the not-so-great Dane last summer.
According to Danmarks Radio Hamburg, who Bendtner turned down because he wanted Champions League football, will be willing to offer the player the regular football that he has not been able to secure at either Arsenal or Juventus.
Back in October the sporting director of Hamburg, Frank Arnesen, said of his attempt to sign Bendtner during the last summer transfer window:
I called Arsenal and they said that he [Bendtner] could easily get permission to go. I said that we would only loan him but it was no problem, we could talk about it.
I called Thomas Bendtner and afterwards Nicklas and I spoke with him for a long time. I told him about our plans, and I said it would be good for him to take a step back so that he could later take two steps forward. I told him I could not offer European football but the Bundesliga is strong and Nicklas would not come under pressure because he would be one of the key players on the team.
Given how it has worked out for Nicklas at Juve you’d have to wonder if common sense would finally prevail and he would agree to move to the German side. Then again, common sense and Nicklas Bendtner aren’t exactly the best of friends.
Bendtner will have one year left on his Arsenal deal when his loan with Juventus expires in the summer.
Arsenal’s Johan Djourou is currently on loan with the Bundesliga side Hannover.