By Ed Aarons
Crystal Palace are confident of completing a permanent deal for Nicklas Bendtner from Arsenal, but Goal understands any deal will rest on Arsene Wenger signing a replacement for him.
Bendtner, 24, has been at Palace’s training ground in Beckenham this morning to discuss a permanent move but was spotted leaving after lunch.
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“The deal is very close but a lot rests on what Arsenal are going to do,” he told Goal.
“If they sign a replacement then it will definitely happen. The manager has been encouraged by the start Chamakh has made to his Palace career and now he thinks he can help revive Bendtner’s career too.”
Palace have also made strong enquiries about re-signing Andy Johnson from QPR and he is the fallback option should Bendtner not work out. Johnson left Selhurst Park to join Everton for £8.5 million in 2006 and remains a fans favourite.
Holloway is also in the market for another central midfielder despite completing a deal worth £1.5m for Barry Bannan from Aston Villa. His number one target is Liam Bridcutt of Brighton but they are unlikely to sell to their bitter rivals for less than £5m.
A loan move for Nathaniel Chalobah of Chelsea or Nottingham Forest’s Adlene Guedioura are alternatives.
Meanwhile Adrian Mariappa is expected to complete a £2m switch from Reading having completed his medical this morning.