Bendtner in Blues hint
By Tom Adams. Last Updated: January 1, 1970 1:00am
Nicklas Bendtner has hinted he may be willing to stay at Birmingham City should the Midlands side make an immediate return to The Premiership.
The on-loan Arsenal striker has been in impressive form so far this season for Blues, and as well as scoring seven goals in 20 games for The Championship side the young star has also broken into the Danish international set-up - scoring twice in four appearances.
Bendtner recently stated his pleasure at being given permission to spend the rest of the season at St Andrews by Gunners boss Arsene Wenger, but his long-term ambitions remain in the top flight and the ambitious Dane is keen to succeed at the highest level.
Whilst the 18-year-old is expected to return to Emirates Stadium at the end of the season to fight for his place next term, Bendtner has now hinted that he could be willing to stay with Steve Bruce's side if they can regain their top flight status this season.
"The plan is to go back to Arsenal," said Bendtner in the Daily Star.
"The only chance of me staying on here is if the club get promoted to The Premiership.
"My contract at Arsenal has two more years so I am not thinking about staying at Birmingham after this season.
"I always aim high. Championship football is okay but I want more.
"There are obviously many good strikers at Arsenal but I am confident I can break into that team.
"I'm sure if I get my chance, I'll take it."
If Bendtner does decide to stay on at St Andrews then the Midlands club are likely to jump at the chance to sign him, and co-owner David Sullivan has admitted as much.
The Blues supremo says he will 'move heaven and earth' to try and tie up deals for Bendtner and his two on-loan Arsenal colleagues Sebastian Larsson and Fabrice Muamba if the club win promotion this season.
"We have all seen the impact the trio of players from Arsenal have had on our team this season," said Sullivan.
"They are fantastic young players with great potential.
"If we get promoted back to The Premiership we will move heaven and earth to buy Bendtner, Muamba and Larsson.
"We have an option on Larsson anyway but not the other two.
"I don't mean this in a derogatory way but Muamba might not be an Arsenal player.
"They tend to go for silky, skilful types whereas Muamba is very competitive and more our type of player."