Steve Bruce bemoans Nicklas Bendtner salary issue as he chases Arsenal striker for Hull City

Nicklas Bendtner's once promising career has been distracted by events off the field in recent seasons. Photo: Dresling Jens/Polfoto/Press Association Images

Hull manager Steve Bruce would happily add an experienced striker to his squad before the end of the transfer window but admits he may be priced out a move for Nicklas Bendtner.

Bruce has already signed Danny Graham on loan from Swansea and Yannick Sagbo from Evian, but would still be interested should a proven scorer present themselves.

Arsenal fans may debate whether Bendtner falls into that category, but Bruce is a confirmed admirer having taken him on loan at Birmingham and Sunderland.

The Denmark international is likely to be available permanently now but his reported £50,000 a week pay packet means Bruce may not be able to do business.

"Everyone assumes (an interest in Bendtner) but the problem with Nic is can I afford him?" said Bruce.

"He has a huge salary. I've been able to get him on loan at my last two clubs. I know the lad, he has terrific ability but it's difficult with the amount of money he earns at the minute.

"For us to go and make a huge difference, to get a striker who can get 20 goals a year...where does a club like ours get them?

"They are few and far between and if they are capable of getting 20 goals a season they're usually too expensive.

"Can you get one in? It's always difficult but we're always trying. We're looking to get maybe one more in. That will prove difficult but we're working away."