Norwich City sign Josip Drmic
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Norwich City have sealed the capture of Swiss international striker Josip Drmic.
The 26-year-old free agent will officially become a Norwich City player on July 1, after agreeing a three year deal and becomes the Canaries' second summer recruit to Daniel Farke's squad, following the arrival of Manchester City's Patrick Roberts on a season long loan.
Drmic rejected the chance to stay at Borussia Mönchengladbach to have a shot at the Premier League. He was also linked with former club Nuremberg and Turkish outfit Trabzonspor in recent days.
The frontman notched two goals in five late season Bundesliga appearances for Borussia after an injury-hit campaign with back and muscle problems left him behind Thorgen Hazard and Alassane Plea in the pecking order.
The pacy centre forward, an international team mate of Timm Klose, did feature in the Uefa Nations League finals earlier this month.
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Drmic played against both hosts Portugal and England, but his penalty was saved by Jordan Pickford in the spot kick shoot out that sealed the Three Lions' third place finish.
"Now everything is done, I'm very happy. I had very good conversations with Stuart Webber and with the head coach," he said, speaking to the club's official site. "I was talking also to Timm. We had a long conversation as I had a lot of questions and he spoke very, very positively about the club.
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"I'm very excited to be playing in the Premier League. I cannot wait because I've heard a lot of things from my colleagues in the national team who have played in the Premier League.
"For me it's something new. It's a new opportunity with new challenges and I'm very happy that I'm so close now to playing in the Premier League. I cannot wait to start.
"I'm coming to the Premier League and I can now challenge in the best league in the world.
"I'm going to do everything and give 100pc on the pitch. I will be ready to give everything for the club. My job is scoring but I also want to help my team and help us be successful.
"When I first came to Norwich, the first thing I noticed was how kind everybody was. It's given me a lot of positive energy and I'm excited to see what happens."
Drmic was touted with a Premier League move last summer. Burnley, Bournemouth and Watford were all linked with the attacker.
The striker spent four years at Borussia, who finished fifth in the Bundesliga last season, following a reported 10m Euro move from Leverkusen back in 2015.
Norwich pulled off a similar coup 12 months ago when Teemu Pukki arrived at Carrow Road on a free transfer and went on to notch a remarkable 30 club goals to help fire City to the Championship title.
Farke certainly expects Drmic to make his mark.
"We made it clear we wanted to sign a new striker and we've found a guy who has proved himself at the highest level," he told the club's official site. "He has lots of Bundesliga appearances and has a very good record for the Switzerland national team.
"He has had a difficult couple of years with injuries, but we feel he is the full package. Two or three years ago, some of the biggest clubs in Europe were interested in him.
"He is a great character and a good guy, and we feel his best days are still to come."