The Merseyside duo are ready to rival Arsenal for Nuremberg striker Drmic, 21.

Talk Arsenal have already struck a deal for Drmic is wide of the mark though he admitted a move to the Emirates would be a dream.

He said: "What will happen in the future, I don't know. Any boy dreams about playing for Arsenal."

However, Arsenal remain locked in a battle with their Premier League rivals and German sides Borussia Dortmund and Bayer Leverkusen for Drmic's signature.

Drmic, a versatile forward who can play through the middle or out wide, is a man in demand after a brilliant first season in the Bundesliga.

He has carried Nuremberg and is the main reason they are currently on course to avoid relegation from Germany's top division.