By Will Butcher

Nottingham Forest are in advanced talks with Denmark international Nicklas Bendtner, according to a report.

The 28-year-old is available on a free transfer after being released by German giants Wolfsburg in April, following breaches of discipline at the club.

The Guardian claim that the former Arsenal star could be about to sign for Philippe Montanier’s side, which would make him available for the Championship side’s third round EFL Cup tie against the Gunners on September 20.

Danish publication Ekstrabladet had claimed that Championship rivals Wolves were looking into the possibility of signing the controversial striker, but Forest seem to have stolen a march on the Midlands club.

Bendtner, who has 73 Denmark caps and 29 international goals, moved to the Bundesliga in 2014 after his contract with the Gunners expired, but he could be set for a sensational return to English football.

Bendtner scored 47 goals and supplied 22 assists in 171 appearances for Arsenal and added a further nine goals in 47 matches for Wolfsburg. He scored 20 more goals during loan spells with Sunderland, Birmingham and Italian champions Juventus.

Forest have made a strong start under former Real Sociedad boss Montanier, and they sit in seventh in the Championship following wins against Burton and Wigan.

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