By Danny Wright
West Ham blew the opportunity to sign Borussia Dortmund attacker Andre Schurrle on deadline day, according to a report.
The Sun claims they have been told by sources in Germany that the Bundesliga side offered Schurrle, 26, to the Hammers the day before deadline day on a loan basis with the view to it being made permanent at the end of the season for a stunning £26million – what would have been a club record buy.
However it is understood that West Ham “took their eye off the ball” on the final day of the transfer window due to the confusion surrounding their attempts to sign William Carvalho from Sporting CP.
The report adds that the former Chelsea attacker was interested in returning to the Premier League, but all hope of that happening faded when the Irons messed up their late summer transfer business.
Schurrle has made just one appearance for Dortmund this season having been troubled by a muscle injury.
The 57-times Germany international was in decent form last term, scoring five goals and supplying four assists across all competitions, but he spent yet more time on the sidelines with various injury problems.
Football Insider Verdict
Even though it has been nearly two weeks since the transfer window shut, there seems to be something new every day that shoves the club in the spotlight for all the wrong reasons. Schurrle would have been a brilliant addition for the Hammers, even though he suffers with injuries too often. Sometimes it’s still worth having players like that around for short-term impact. He proved at Chelsea that he is a decent player and his form at Dortmund last term shows that he is a cut above the current Irons wingers. Slaven Bilic, if he is still at the London Stadium, should try to sort out this deal in January if he can.
In other West Ham news, Joey Barton has issued a grave warning to the Irons.