By Russell Edge

30th Dec, 2017 | 7:12pm

Report: West Ham handed boost in reported international pursuit, Euro giants ready Jan exit

German giants Borussia Dortmund are ready to let Andre Schurrle depart the club in January after claims of interest from West Ham, according to a report.

German publication Bild claim on their website that the Bundesliga side would be willing to let the 27-year-old depart the club if an acceptable offer were to be made, as he looks to secure regular football to give himself a chance of nailing down a spot in Germany’s world cup squad.

It had been reported by the Guardian that the Hammers were keen on tying down the German forward on a short term loan deal, and news that Dortmund are willing to green light his exit will come as a major boost in their pursuit of the former Chelsea man.

He has struggled for first team action this season, with just eight appearances to his name, and he will be hoping to find more game time elsewhere in a bid to add to his 57 international caps for Germany.

Football Insider verdict

If the Hammers are serious about securing Schurrle’s signing, then it would appear there is nothing standing in their way – apart from other clubs, that is. The German is a proven forward and there are likely to be many clubs circling for his signing, including some of West Ham’s Premier League rivals, come the January transfer window. He is unlikely to be a priority for David Moyes, considering the options already at his disposal, but if the stars align and the price is right, he should swoop for an attacker who could help the club pull clear of a relegation battle in the new year.

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In other West Ham transfer news, the club look set to sell both a central defender and a midfielder next month.

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