Arsenal misfit Nicklas Bendtner could have priced himself out of a move to Hull City after boss Steve Bruce admitted the club will struggle to meet the striker's wage demands.
The Danish international has been told he has no future at the Emirates after spending the last two seasons out on loan with Sunderland and Juventus as Arsene Wenger looks to clear the ahead of a pivotal summer for the club.
The 25-year-old seemed poised to move to Bundesliga outfit Eintracht Frankfurt until the proposed move fell through amid disagreements over personal terms. The prospect of Bendtner reuniting with Bruce, whom Bendtner worked under at Birmingham City and Sunderland, is a popular one for the former Manchester United centre half, but he admits financial restrictions means any deal is unlikely.
"I've had him twice before but he's on a lot of money at Arsenal," Bruce told the Hull Daily Mail.
"I can't see us being able to get anywhere near those types of levels that Nicklas is at. He's another one where we've looked so maybe."
Bendtner's wage demands could prove to be a stumbling block in Arsenal's attempts to rid themselves of the Denmark international. The striker has not started a game for the Gunners since May 2011, but his unwillingness to drop his wage demands continue to ensure his presence in north London, a likely headache for his manager who is attempting to lighten the wage bill.
The club have managed to offload Andrei Arshavin and Sebastian Squillaci, but only due to their contracts at the Emirates coming to an end. Out of favour names still on Arsenal's books include Park Chu-Young, Marouane Chamakh, Andre Santos and Gervinho, with only the latter seemingly close to sealing a permanent move away from north London with a move to Roma now on the cards.
Ridding the squad of such names could be essential to Wenger's summer plans as the club look to match the wages offered by Europe's elite and bring established, world class names to the Emirates.