Nicklas Bendtner all but sealed a long overdue path away from Arsenal’s employed embrace with his hapless showing against Chelsea in the Capital One Cup.
Surprisingly after that, a host of clubs are interested in signing the Dane to boost their Premier League survival bids, with Stoke, Sunderland and Crystal Palace all in the hunt to make Bendtner their man come January.
But it is Steve Bruce’s Hull, who are 7/1 for a top 10 finish, who are best placed to land the striker for a number of reasons.
Bendtner scored 19 league goals at two different clubs under Bruce.
Bruce’s ability to raise the striker’s production levels will surely weigh heavily on the positive side when the player comes to consider the merits of the Humberside outfit as his next destination.
In loan spells at both Birmingham and Sunderland under the ex-Manchester United centre-back, Bendtner scored 19 league goals in 70 appearances and his season in the Championship with the midlands club was the only time in his career that the striker’s tally topped double figures.
Hull are six points clear of the drop.
Should the Arsenal man plump for any of the other suitors, all of whom are in the bottom four places in the division, there is a very real chance of relegation. Given his grandiose opinion of his own ability, Bendtner is unlikely to want to stay in the Championship should he fail to keep a new side up, and another move would therefore be required.
But with Hull sat in tenth place and six points clear of the drop zone, there is a far slimmer chance of him being on a relegated side.
Despite their lofty position, Hull only have five league goalscorers this season.
Robbie Brady is the only Tiger with more than one league goal to his name, while four others have a single strike on their records. So it is clear that Hull are in need of a reliable striker to maintain their top half standing.
Bendtner’s goal-grabbing experience – he has 24 international strikes, more than all bar Lukas Podolski on the Arsenal books – is the perfect solution to their problem.