Rumoured "Arsenal-bound striker" now interesting Everton & Liverpool

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Nurnberg striker Josip Drmic, reportedly a primary summer transfer target for Arsenal, is now attracting interest from Everton and Liverpool.

Drmic, 21, arrived in Germany from FC Zurich last summer, penning a four-year deal with the Bundesliga side - and his first season with Nurnberg has gone incredibly well. Having hit 16 goals in 24 games, Drmic has become one of the hottest properties in European football.

Borussia Dortmund are reportedly interested in bringing the Swiss international to Signal Iduna Park with Robert Lewandowski set to join rivals Bayern Munich this summer, but the biggest suitors for Drmic so far have seemingly been Arsenal, with Arsene Wenger desperate to improve his striking options at the Emirates Stadium.

German legend Lothar Matthaus said over the weekend that Drmic would almost certainly be moving to North London in the summer, with Wenger needing to add support for under-fire French forward Olivier Giroud, and Drmic's goalscoring prowess in Germany had caught Wenger's eye.

But Drmic refuted those rumours, and his admission that there is no deal in place with Arsenal could have tipped off other clubs, with the Gunners' Premier League rivals Everton and Liverpool now allegedly interested in making an £8m swoop for the striker who has been tipped to star for Switzerland at this summer's World Cup.

Everton will have to replace the goals of Belgian international Romelu Lukaku at the end of the season, as the striker will return to Chelsea upon the expiration of his season-long loan deal at Goodison Park, and manager Roberto Martinez has reportedly eyed up Drmic as the man to take his place.

Meanwhile, Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers has the most lethal striking partnership in the Premier League with Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge at his disposal, but Iago Aspas has failed to make an impact since his summer move from Celta Vigo, and Rodgers could see Drmic as the perfect cover for his star duo.

With interest growing by the day and a big summer predicted for the young striker, whoever wants Drmic may have to move quickly to secure his signature.

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