A target for Crystal Palace in January, could free agent striker Nicklas Bendtner become summer option?

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Nicklas Bendtner has been released by Wolfsburg.

As confirmed by the German club’s official website earlier this week, striker Nicklas Bendtner has seen his contract with Wolfsburg terminated less than two years after joining the club from Arsenal.

The Denmark international struggled to make the grade with the Gunners, often starting on the substitute bench and later having spells on loan at both Sunderland and Italian champions Juventus.

He finally settled on a move to Wolfsburg following heavy speculation, yet his stay in the Bundesliga hasn’t been as successful as he hoped with just three league goals scored in 31 games.

But having said that, there is no doubt that the 28-year-old possesses genuine ability and his 29-goal haul for the Danish national team shows his potential when getting the best out of him.

Bendtner has Premier League experience with both Arsenal and Sunderland, and he made a positive impact at the latter after firing in eight goals in 28 games during the 2011/12 campaign.

A return to the English top-flight would make plenty of sense, and one club in particular who have been known to be on the lookout for a player of his mould is South London side Crystal Palace.

The Eagles were desperate for added fire-power in January, and Pardew even admitted to Sky Sports that Bendtner was under consideration before they opted for Emmanuel Adebayor.

"Abebayor and a couple of others that have been mentioned. A couple more have come to light, Nicklas Bendtner is available and is somebody else that we are looking at," Pardew said in January.

"We're after somebody who would fit into our group and give us a lift. It'd be nice to see a big player come in, so we'll see."

Adebayor, 31, was very much a short-term option and the club will surely seek a new striker this summer.

Bendtner is a target man of sorts, and he would compliment the likes of Wilfried Zaha, Yannick Bolasie and Connor Wickham well in the sense that he would be the ideal man to link the play.

The 28-year-old will be keen to revive his career, and on a free transfer he could be worth looking at. 

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