Newcastle Challenge Arsenal For Top Nuremberg Striker

21 year-old Nuremberg and Swiss International striker Josip Drmic is wanted by both Newcastle United and Arsenal in the summer, according to the Mirror.

Josip Drmic

Josip Drmic – 21 year-old Nuremberg striker

Both Newcastle and Arsenal will be anxious to add some strikers to their squads this summer, with Newcastle likely to lose at least three strikers this summer, and Arsenal need somebody to take the load off French International striker Olivier Giroud up front.

The Mirror is reporting that Everton and West Ham are also tracking the 21 year-old fast striker, who has played for all the Swiss Youth sides and 5 times with 2 goals for the full Swiss side.

Drmic started his career at FC Zürich and moved to Nuremberg on a four year contract only last summer, and he is said to have a buyout clause of £4.5M in his contract at the Bundesliga club.

In 34 games for Nuremberg this season he has 19 goals and 3 assists.

If Arsenal are serious about wanting the striker, that will put them at the top of the queue for the 6′ tall striker, although Arsenal have many different striker options this summer, including buying Newcastle on-loan striker Loic Remy from QPR.

Drmic has speed and movement up front and he seems to be a good finisher – and that’s something Newcastle have been woefully short of this season, at least when Loic Remy has not been in the side.

For £4.5M the striker would seem to offer Newcastle a good deal – if we can get him.

Comments welcome.

23 comments so far

  • Blackley and Brownlie

    Apr 22, 2014 at 12:32 AM

    Comment #1

    I don’t read any stories about who we’re linked with. Page fillers. Boring!

  • manxpie

    Apr 22, 2014 at 12:39 AM

    Comment #2

    manxpie // Apr 22, 2014 at 12:37 AM

    laurent i’m not saying he’s not done a fantastic job but lets face it he’s got the hottest strike force in europe

    wat i am saying is that statement is totally wrong and very easy to say in his position! and you will only hear that statement from anyone when they are doing well!

  • manxpie

    Apr 22, 2014 at 12:43 AM

    Comment #3

    you still about jail?

    still mystified tbh by that post?

  • Blofal

    Apr 22, 2014 at 12:54 AM

    Comment #4

    The only advantage we have over teams like Arsenal and Liverpool is game time. Younger players are likely to do a lot of bench warming at large clubs.

    Here’s hoping that fact allows us to get some good young players in.

  • manxpie

    Apr 22, 2014 at 12:59 AM

    Comment #5

    laurent so he’s developed henderson and sterling

    but he also says liverpool is “very much a development club” after spend many many millions on players

    so if he was in our position would that be construed in the same light as you are taking it??

    don’t think so fella you would be saying the same as you are about pardew!

  • jimmysmith

    Apr 22, 2014 at 1:23 AM

    Comment #6

    Managers are hit and miss, and most are much of a muchness, but almost all with only the very odd exceptions come undone before too long and under Ashley, Jesus, what would be the odds, he’s been as bad as Vincent Tan and hasn’t had a single successful manager in his tenure. It looks a losing game. I’m not at all convinced a new manager will achieve anything, a change in the way Ashley seems to run the club is desperately needed, but you just don’t know, maybe that is what’s happening. Ashley must show some intent in the off season, which is all we’ve had to have any hope and interest in for some time.

  • mindshaft

    Apr 22, 2014 at 1:41 AM

    Comment #7

    Neither Ba nor Remy will be at toon next year – backward step for both of them
    If we’re in competition with any top half club for a player its unlikely we’ll get the player

  • Sydney Toon

    Apr 22, 2014 at 2:02 AM

    Comment #8

    I think Ashley will show enough intent in the summer, 2-4 players in, regardless of loan or purchase, will give the squad a much needed boost.

    The biggest decision is Pardew, for me, he is gone at seasons end. With Steve Clarke, Michael Laudrup and possibly David Moyes being available, he has 3 candidates that could certainly fit within the structure of the club, have plenty of experience and could do wonders with our squad.

    Both would command there own new backrooms as well, so there is likely to be sweeping changes.

    There will be losses to Arsenal, Cardiff and Liverpool, all three have something to play for. Stoke and Crystal Palace have tough fixtures coming up as well, but could send us down to 11th quite easily. If this doesn’t send Pardew packing, god help us all!!

  • Thump

    Apr 22, 2014 at 2:10 AM

    Comment #9

    I think “challenging” is a strong word. “Telling the media that we may or may not be interested in a player” doesn’t quite have the same ring to it, though.

  • jimmysmith

    Apr 22, 2014 at 3:29 AM

    Comment #10

    Sweeping changes tend to cost quite a lot of money though, ST, which has been a bit of a sticking point with old beer bottle pockets up to now. But hey, what you say is on the cards, I guess, with the financial state of the club now. Here’s hoping.

  • catchy in norway

    Apr 22, 2014 at 5:54 AM

    Comment #11

    Liverpool are not a strong squad

    Flanagan and sakko replacement full backs , come on , there both very poor player , not good enough for the prem

    Rodgers has the team playing with style

  • Slank

    Apr 22, 2014 at 6:15 AM

    Comment #12


    ‘.. only advantage we have over teams like Arsenal and Liverpool is game time…’

    That sure was a big factor with Cabaye and before him Ba and before him Carroll.

    Of the many factors why a player leaves possibly winning trophies and more money dominate.

  • theartfuldodger

    Apr 22, 2014 at 6:28 AM

    Comment #13

    If Ashley does plan to do any major transfer business in the summer, he first has to stop all the negativity among the squad. Then he has to convince new players to come and old guard like debuchy to remain.

    He has to make some changes for all this. He has to show some signs of progress. Thats why, like it or not, Pardew has to go.
    Else all his transfers wont make a difference.
    He has to realize this. Players need to be in the right frame of mind to perform. In football you need to give 100% everytime to win. Its not just the names brought in, its also motivation, commitment, style etc..

    Its not like an SD shop, where a half hearted salesman may be good enough.

  • theartfuldodger

    Apr 22, 2014 at 6:28 AM

    Comment #14


    Stepping stone ??

  • Slank

    Apr 22, 2014 at 6:48 AM

    Comment #15


    Yes, a stepping stone but it’s not always an upward progression.

    With Cabaye it was probably his heart that convinced him to move whereas Ba and Carroll it was probably their pockets.

  • theartfuldodger

    Apr 22, 2014 at 6:56 AM

    Comment #16

    What convinced cabaye to leave was the lies.
    Dreams sold abt progress and ambition..
    No good players bought in..
    Penny pinching for debuchy..
    Gaps and cracks in squad left open..
    When there is capability, it hurts even more.

    Adding to all that he was better than mirallas,osman,pinnear.

  • theartfuldodger

    Apr 22, 2014 at 7:14 AM

    Comment #17

    I dont think Ashley has realized how LUCKY he was with Ba,Carroll,Cabaye and even tiote..

    Now he thinks he can get such players at will..whenever he wants..
    But the truth is..He cant…

    Look at anita,gouffran,mym,sissoko,cisse…none of them as good as the ones above. Infact, none of them are able to lift the club from its gloom.

    Add Ba,Cabaye and caroll (all motivated)to this team and they might beat arsenal..
    Add cisse,dejong and anita ..well you can see for yourselves…

    He has dug his grave now. Only sheer luck can get him out. Target absolutely unknown players and hope 1-2 turn out miracle workers.

    The other option is sack Pardews, get a good mngr, forget previous mistakes and start afresh..

  • Sydney Toon

    Apr 22, 2014 at 7:29 AM

    Comment #18

    The changes wont cost a lot, I say around 3-4m by the time its all done. In the end, something has to give, plus a new manager may say he can work with the squad and a reduced expectation on a transfer budget. Regardless, we need 3 strikers and 1 midfielder, there is enough in the current squad to work with.

  • ToonMatt

    Apr 22, 2014 at 8:09 AM

    Comment #19

    Why would Ashley show any ambition in the summer? He has made it clear that he is here to advertise his shop and he does not want to challenge for silverware, These are facts that have been proven and the club is going backwards under his ownership.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Apr 22, 2014 at 8:18 AM

    Comment #20

    I have just renewed my membership in NUST, I would suggest all you who care about the club do the same, especially those from overseas and afar who advocate boycotts.

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Apr 22, 2014 at 8:27 AM

    Comment #21

    Looks like Moyes has gone
    hope TOON don’t go for him if Pardew goes

  • Santon03

    Apr 22, 2014 at 8:29 AM

    Comment #22

    Milan fans put Allegri at ebay for $1 when he was their manager, nobody put pardew at ebay.

  • toonluvva

    Apr 22, 2014 at 11:47 AM

    Comment #23

    Quite simply, if Arsenal want any of our targets they will get them.

    I would be very suspicious of any player who rejects a team such as Arsenal to come here.


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