Hull City's hopes of signing Nicklas Bendtner have suffered a blow, with manager Steve Bruce admitting the Arsenal striker may be "too expensive" for the newly-promoted Premier League side.
A source revealed to ESPN on Tuesday that Hull are considering a move for the Denmark international, after his unsuccessful attempt to join Eintracht Frankfurt.
Bruce, who coached Bendtner at Birmingham and Sunderland, revealed his desire to once again sign the 25-year-old, but insists the Tigers cannot be too hopeful due to the club's finances.
"Nicklas, I've had twice, and there's no question about his ability," Bruce told Sky Sports News. "It's obviously, when you're coming from a club like Arsenal, a) can we afford him? and b) would Nicklas want to come to us?
"So, all of those questions we have to ask ourselves and the big thing is the financial one. I think as a club a few years ago it got itself into a mess and, if it wasn't for the owners now in charge, then the club would still be in a mess.
"We have to be well balanced and afford what we can afford, and not send the club, if we don't succeed in what we want to do, into an abyss. We've got to be mindful of that. Nicklas Bendtner, without question, has got huge talent, but he might just be too expensive."