Fulham are interested in signing Borussia Dortmund winger Andre Schürrle, according to reports from Germany this morning.
German tabloid Bild claims that the Whites are locked in a battle with London rivals Crystal Palace to offer the former Chelsea winger a route back to the Premier League. Dortmund confirmed over the weekend that they have allowed the 2014 World Cup winner to begin talks with interested parties over a potential transfer and reports suggest that he is very keen to return to London after spending two years at Stamford Bridge, where he scored 11 goals in 44 appearances – including a hat-trick for the Blues at Craven Cottage in a 2014 west London derby.
The German international has been linked with a return to England before, with approaches from West Brom and Swansea coming to nothing last season, but he looks set to move on from Dortmund this summer. Bild claims that his current employers would consider a loan move as well as a permanent transfer and that Fulham’s stock has risen following their promotion to the top flight and the capture of Nice midfielder Jean-Michael Seri earlier this summer.
The 27 year-old is clearly no longer in the plans of Dortmund coach Lucien Favre and the German side are reportedly interested in signing Palace winger Wilfred Zaha, which could make a swap deal possible. However, the Eagles and Roy Hodgson are eager to retain their Ivory Coast international, despite Zaha reportedly refusing to sign a new contract at Selhurst Park.
Slavisa Jokanovic is known to be keen on strengthening his forward options, especially at right wing, where Fulham are short of natural starters. Schürrle’s versatility – he could play in any position in Jokanovic’s fluid front line – would make him an attractive proposition and he has a real pedigree in both European and international football, having won the Premier League with Chelsea in 2015 as well as the German Cup with both Wolfsburg and Dortmund. Schürrle scored 23 goals in 83 appearances for his current club and netted 22 times in 57 appearances for the national team as well as famously playing in Mario Götze for the winning goal in the World Cup final against Argentina four years ago.