Arsenal target Drmic lined up as replacement for deadline-day failure Klose

Lazio are said to be keeping tabs on Josip Drmic of FC Nurnberg.

Arsenal are set to be in the market for a striker this summer.

Olivier Giroud has again had an excellent season, despite what the haters might say, but he has led the line alone for a long and tiring campaign - lethargy is now starting to sink in.

A number of names have begun to be linked with a move to the club this summer - one of which is Bundesliga star Josip Drmic.

The Swiss international has bagged 16 goals in 29 appearances this campaign since joining FC Nurnberg from FC Zurich in the summer.

Reportedly available at €5 million should the club get relegated - he is also being scouted by Everton, Borussia Dortmund and Bayer Leverkusen - and Nurnberg managing director Martin Bader did recently state:

"I'm not going to stand there and say, Josip is not for sale."

With that in mind, and his excellent form, teams were always going to be keen on him - and now Lazio have joined the fray.

The Italian side are said to be joining AS Roma in the pursuit of the player from an Italian perspective.

Drmic would be a timely signing for Lazio - and interestingly, he would be replacing a man Arsenal tried to sign in January.

In the dying embers of Transfer Deadline day it dawned on Arsene Wenger that he needed a striker to help out his tiring French fancy - and the finger landed on German legend Miroslav Klose.

It is well known that The Gunners made an approach to loan the player until the end of the season - and that Klose was left upset by not being given the opportunity to speak to club.

With that in mind Klose is now set to leave the Stadio Olimpico this summer. His contract with the club expires in the summer and despite hopes being high that he might stay he looks set to depart - with MLS a likely destination.

And unfortunately for Arsenal, Klose’s apparent departure might just pave the way for Drmic to head to Italy.

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