West Ham United manager Sam Allardyce has confirmed he scouted Arsenal and Liverpool target Josip Drmic during Nuremberg's 4-1 defeat against Wolfsburg last weekend.
The Daily Mail reports how the Hammers boss was present at the Volkswagen Arena to see the Switzerland international in action, but was left disappointed as the 21-year-old failed to make any impact on the game.
"I was at Nuremburg versus Wolfsburg," Allardyce confirmed. "The sausages were great!
"They got beat quite comfortably so in terms of that player you wouldn't be able to judge him on that particular game because they got battered."
Drmic has also attracted admiring glances from Arsene Wenger and Brendan Rodgers, after an impressive 2013/14 campaign which has seen him net 16 goals for the Bundesliga strugglers.
A move to Anfield or the Emirates Stadium remains a possibility, though, even if West Ham end their interest in the player after his under-par performance against Wolfsburg on Saturday.
With a reported £5million release-clause written into his current contract, Liverpool or Arsenal might be willing to take a gamble on the emerging young talent, as both Premier League clubs look to strengthen their striker options when the transfer window reopens in the summer.