Norwich boss confirms Drmic is ready for Rijeka loan


Posted:
11:12 a.m. on February 4, 2021



Update:
3:22 PM February 4, 2021

Norwich City forward Josip Drmic is set to join Rijeka on loan for the remainder of the season, with head coach Daniel Farke confirming that a deal has been made.

Although the winter transfer window closed on Monday in England, Croatian clubs can still do business until February 15.

The Switzerland international has been on the hunt for a club since Norwich was relegated from the Premier League last summer as he was not included in Farke’s reshuffled squad ahead of a return to the league.

Huddersfield and Birmingham had both expressed interest in the 28-year-old former Borussia forward Mönchengladbach, but neither came to fruition.

Drmic has family roots in Croatia, however, and national newspaper Novi List reported this morning that the Canarian outcast was due for a medical examination today before the deal was announced.

Farke confirmed Drmic’s impending exit at his pre-match press conference ahead of Friday night’s game in Swansea, saying: “Josip is in talks, that’s what I can confirm.

“If I’m being honest I wasn’t that involved in the last few hours because our schedule right now is relentless and we made the point that Josip wasn’t in our plans.

“But we have a good relationship, I always appreciate him as a striker, there is no doubt that he is a good striker and if there is a solution for him where he has a stage where he can play consistently, it’s good for him.

“It’s also good for us as a club and there could be some business in the next few days. It’s a bit more of a question for (sporting director) Stuart Webber, I’m not so much involved, but I think they’re in advanced talks at the moment. Let’s see what the outcome will be in the next few hours or days. “

The report adds that there is no permanent option in the deal and that the financial conditions are “extremely favorable” for Rijeka, who is currently fourth in the Croatian elite – City no doubt wishing to transfer. at least part of Drmic’s salaries.

Signed on a free transfer in 2019 after being promoted to the Premier League, Drmic is under contract at City until 2022.

Injury issues that derailed his excellent start to the Bundesliga career have reappeared and he scored three goals in 24 games last season, starting just seven matches.

The former Bayer Leverkusen, Nuremberg and Zurich striker scored 10 goals in 32 games for Switzerland and appeared in the 2014 and 2018 World Cups, as well as Euro 2016.

However, his last call was in October 2019 and he had recently spoken of his hopes of a late push for a call-up ahead of this summer’s revamped European Championship.

He scored twice in two games for City’s Under-23s in September as he tried to get scouts’ attention before the summer transfer window closed, but has since trained away from the club .

Drmic was alongside midfielders Mo Leitner and Tom Trybull in not receiving team numbers for this season, with Trybull on loan at Blackburn and appearing in the Championship fairly regularly.

Leitner remains in the background and hasn’t trained with City either, also speaking last month about his hopes of securing a transfer to bring him back to playing football.

The winter transfer window remains open in several European countries, with clubs from countries like Austria, Switzerland, Poland and Russia still able to do business until the end of the month.

Leitner and Trybull are also under contract until the end of the 2021-2022 campaign, with City holding the option of a one-year extension of the Trybull deal.

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