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Spurs and Arsenal set to battle for Swiss striker Josip Drmic

| 27.03.2014

Tottenham, 10/1 for a top four Premier League finish, will go head-to-head with north London rivals, and 150/1 title outsiders, Arsenal this summer for the signature of Switzerland and Nuremberg striker Josip Drmic.

Both Spurs head coach Tim Sherwood and Gunners boss Arsene Wenger are reportedly big admirers of the 21-year-old. Drmic is set to go the World Cup in Brazil with his country, and is one of several young attackers that Ottmar Hitfeld will include on the Swiss roster.

Hitting 15 goals in 26 Bundesliga appearances for struggling Nuremberg this term has alerted Tottenham and Arsenal to his potential. The north London neighbours are both short of striking options.

Sherwood lost Jermain Defoe to MLS franchise Toronto, leaving Emmanuel Adebayor and flop Roberto Soldado as the only senior players to choose from up front at White Hart Lane.

Wenger, meanwhile, has relied almost exclusively on fellow Frenchman Olivier Giroud to lead the line at the Emirates. Nicklas Bendtner is out of contract and set to leave the Gunners this summer, and young Yaya Sanogo has struggled with a back problem this season.

Drmic joins Croatian Mario Mandzukic of Bayern Munich and Colombian hitman Adrian Ramos, who plays for Hertha Berlin, as three of the Bundesliga’s top four scorers that could all feature at the World Cup finals.

Nuremberg know Drmic is their prized asset, however, and will not let him leave without getting a decent fee in the summer. That likely means a bidding war between Arsenal and Spurs.

Switzerland, who also have former Gunners pair Johan Djourou and Philippe Senderos in their squad together in defence, have been drawn in Group E at the finals. They will face France, Honduras and Ecuador.

Hitzfeld, who will retire after the World Cup, knows he has a decent chance of securing qualification for the knockout phase from this pool. Coral make the Swiss second-favourites, behind Les Bleus, to achieve this at 4/7. They are 9/4 to win the group and 80/1 shots to go all the way in Brazil.



Jamie Clark

Athletics aficionado, die-hard snooker fan and Crystal Palace supporter Jamie has written for Coral since February 2014 after spells with Soccerlens and the Press Association as a digital journalist and copywriter. A former East Midlands sports correspondent and Bwin tipster, he is a graduate of both the University of York and University of Sheffield, with a Masters in web journalism from the latter.