West Ham United fans are keen to see Borussia Dortmund’s Andre Schurrle arrive on loan at the London Stadium during the January transfer window.
This rumour surfaced in The Guardian before the New Year and was generally positively received on Twitter, with most supporters of the belief that the Germany international would add something to the Hammers ranks.
It is thought that Schurrle is angling for more first-team football in order to force his way into contention to be selected for the national team’s squad for this summer’s World Cup.
The 27-year-old has an excellent record for Die Mannschaft, having bagged 22 goals in his 57 caps despite not being an out-and-out striker.
However, his recent exploits at club level leave a lot to be desired; Schurrle has found the net just twice in the Bundesliga since signing for Dortmund from Wolfsburg in the summer of 2016.
This term he has managed just one league start thanks largely to a series of minor injuries that have hampered him since August.
Despite his struggles over the past 18 months, you only have to look back to the 2015-16 campaign to see why the winger is still highly thought of across Europe.
Schurrle scored nine goals and provided a further five assists in 29 league outings for Wolfsburg that season, helping the club to an eighth-placed finish in the German top flight.
He also has an impressive trophy haul to his name, including Premier League and League Cup triumphs during his time at Chelsea.
At the 2014 World Cup, he came on as a first-half substitute in the final against Argentina and provided the cross for Mario Gotze’s injury-time winner.
There is little doubt that Schurrle has the pedigree to improve a West Ham side still slightly lacking as a creative force, but there are inevitable questions over his form and fitness after a difficult spell in Dortmund.
Nonetheless, fans were mostly excited by the link, with the best of the Twitter reaction below:
— CJDrakey (@CJDrakey) December 29, 2017
Shelvey is awful and schurrle isn’t nothing special
— Jamie🏴 (@JamieCOYl) January 4, 2018
Andre Schurrle loan would be dream
— Ife (@IfeWHU) December 28, 2017
He’s an upgrade on an area we’re already short in and Arnie can be main man up top if we get Schurrle
— Billy 🎱 (@Billy_WHUFC) December 29, 2017
Schurrle not that likely to happen at the moment as strengthening in midfield and defence rightly a bigger priority for Moyes, but loan move could make sense for a player desperate for games #whufc
— Jacob Steinberg (@JacobSteinberg) December 28, 2017
Heard some reports of Andre Schurrle, front three of Arnautovic, Schurrle and Chicharito would be amazing. ⚒
— WHUFC_JJ45 (@WHU_JJ45) December 29, 2017
Alls I'm saying is, Capoue and Schurrle to West Ham in January would be amazing business ⚒️
— Hammers SHOUT (@WestHamSHOUT) January 1, 2018
Only be happy with this if it meant we would replace ayew with schurrle
— Jj thompson (@JamesWHUFC91) December 31, 2017
Andre Schurrle would be quality for us. 27 years old and loves a shot.
— ⚽️⚒TOM'S WHUFC⚒⚽️ (@aldredtj) December 29, 2017