Sunderland boss Steve Bruce may consider permanent move for Nicklas Bendtner if load deal is a success

SUNDERLAND will consider making a permanent move for Nicklas Bendtner next summer, if the Dane suitably impresses during his season-long loan on Wearside.

The Black Cats beat the clock to land the Arsenal striker last night, with the paperwork filed minutes before the 11pm deadline and the deal officially announced just after the transfer window slammed shut.

Bendtner provides the boost to Sunderland’s attacking options which Steve Bruce had been desperate to add after a return of just one goal from the opening four games of the season.

Bruce had spent the previous 10 days tracking Bendtner after speaking to Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger following Sunderland’s derby defeat to Newcastle.

Sunderland were unsure whether Arsenal would be prepared to let the Danish international leave the Emirates on loan, with both the club and 23-year-old striker looking to part ways.

But with Bendtner on substantial wages at Arsenal, Wenger has allowed the forward to spend the campaign on Wearside where he will provide competition for existing attacking options Asamoah Gyan, Connor Wickham and Ji Dong-won.

Full story, plus more transfer deadline news, in today’s Sportmail.