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Schürrle signs for Fulham

Fulham have tonight completed the signing of German winger Andre Schürrle on a two-year loan deal from Borussia Dortmund.

The former Chelsea winger turned down a host of clubs to make his return to English football with the Premier League new boys. The 27 year-old, a World Cup winner with Germany back in 2014, completed his medical at Motspur Park and told the club’s website that he was delighted to complete the deal.

I’m so happy to be here, I can’t wait to get started. Fulham were the first club that showed interest in me – that was something that I appreciated a lot, and one of the reasons I wanted to come here. I love ball possession, I love attacking, and I love making runs, so I think it could be perfect. I have to fight for my place and I have to show my quality so that I can be a member who really helps the team.

Fulham’s vice chairman and head of football operations, Tony Khan, said:

I’m thrilled to announce that Fulham Football Club has signed André Schürrle on loan from Borussia Dortmund. André has been a top target for us, as he has for other clubs throughout Europe, so I’m very happy that our pursuit was successful.

He has vast experience, having played in the Premier League, the Bundesliga and with the German National Team, including the squad that won the World Cup in 2014. We’re ecstatic that we have reached an agreement to add André, given his impeccable credentials and his tremendous skill, and can’t wait to see him in Fulham colours. Come on Fulham!

Schürrle set for Fulham medical

German winger Andre Schürrle has flown to London tonight for a medical at Fulham tomorrow ahead of a proposed move from Borussia Dortmund, according to a Sky Sports report this evening.

Sky suggested that Fulham have already agreed a transfer fee and personal terms with the former World Cup winger and have beaten off interest from the likes of Crystal Palace and AC Milan. Dortmund confirmed that they had released Schürrle from their American pre-season tour so that he could discuss a possible transfer with an English club – and the 27 year-old has reportedly chosen Fulham having been impressed with the brand of football that Slavisa Jokanovic has brought to Craven Cottage.

The transfer would represent a return to west London for Schürrle, who spent two seasons with Chelsea. He won the Premier League at Stamford Bridge in 2014 but struggled to nail down a regular starting spot, making 44 first-team appearances for the Blues and scoring eleven goals. The forward did score a hat-trick at Craven Cottage against Fulham in the season that the Whites were relegated from the top flight.

He is widely considered to have endured a disappointing time with Borussia Dortmund, having signed from Wolfsburg two years ago. He has scored 23 goals in 85 appearances for Dortmund, but has an impressive international pedigree having set up the winning goal for Mario Götze in the 2014 World Cup final and won 57 caps for his country.

Schürrle could become Fulham’s second signing in as many days after the arrival of Spanish goalkeeper Fabri from Besiktas this afternoon.

Fulham considering Schürrle move

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.

Schurrle blows Fulham away

German midfielder Andre Schurrle netted a second-half hat-trick to keep Chelsea top of the Premier League with a 3-1 win in the west London derby at Fulham, who remain bottom.

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho had been concerned a gruelling midweek Champions League trip to Istanbul would leave his players fatigued for the short journey down to Craven Cottage.

However, despite a slow start, the Blues, driven on by brilliant Belgian midfielder Eden Hazard, blew Fulham away with three goals in the space of 16 minutes following the restart to stay clear of Arsenal and Manchester City in the championship race.

For Fulham boss Felix Magath, there remains plenty more hard work ahead if his side are to pull clear of trouble, and had only a consolation goal from John Heitinga to show for their spirited efforts on Saturday afternoon.

It had earlier been a bright start by the home side in some welcome sunshine.

Pajtim Kasami’s cross from the left was flicked wide by Clint Dempsey, when a proper contact from the American could well have put the ball in the net.

There was a brief stoppage when Fulham defensive duo Kieran Richardson and Brede Hangeland clashed heads on the half-way line. After some treatment, both men were able to continue.

On 12 minutes, Fulham goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg delayed clearing a deadball, which saw him closed down by Fernando Torres, retained in the starting XI after his midweek goal in Turkey.

The ball ballooned back up off the Chelsea striker and into the penalty area, but Torres could not make the most of the gift, as he miskicked and then eventually sent a scuffed cross-shot wide.

Fulham had to make a change shortly afterwards as captain Hangeland was unable to continue, and replaced by Dan Burn.

On 20 minutes, Richardson got away again down the left and his deep cross picked out Dempsey, but John Terry and Gary Cahill were quick to close the Fulham striker down as he shaped to shoot.

Neither side were able to gain much possession in midfield, with some niggling tackles flying in.

With five minutes to go until half-time, Fulham tried a well-drilled free-kick from 25 yards which saw three players run over the ball before Kasami sent in a low drive, which Petr Cech got down well to save.

Steve Sidwell then drove an angled shot over the crossbar after a deep ball from the right dropped at the back of the six-yard box.

However, it took a fine reaction save from Stekelenburg on the stroke of half-time to keep the scores level when he deflected an angled drive from Torres over the crossbar.

Chelsea were on the offensive again at the start of the second half, as Schurrle saw a curled effort deflected wide, when Oscar was free on the overlap.

The German, though, made no mistake a few moments later when he fired Chelsea ahead on 52 minutes.

Hazard – on his 100th Chelsea appearance – chipped a ball down the right, which Schurrle, signed from Leverkusen in the summer, took in his stride with a superb cushioned header. A darting run saw him surge past Burn and to the edge of the Fulham penalty area, where he coolly slotted the ball under Stekelenburg.

Hazard almost crafted a second with a lovely reverse-foot chip to the far post where Richardson just got there ahead of Torres.

It was, though, 2-0 on 65 minutes, with the Belgian playmaker again the provider as his slide-rule pass split the Fulham defence as Schurrle slotted in his second from 12 yards.

Despite having the game won, Chelsea remained ruthless in attack and Schurrle completed his hat-trick on 68 minutes.

Torres brought down a long ball from the goalkeeper, which he flicked on out to Schurrle, who sprinted clear to the edge of the Fulham area before slamming a low shot past Stekelenburg.

Fulham at least salvaged some pride from the derby when defender Heitinga bundled the ball in from a corner by Lewis Holtby with 16 minutes left, but it was too little too late.

FULHAM (4-4-1-1): Stekelenburg; Riether, Hangeland (Burn 16), Heitinga, Richardson; Dejagah, Parker (Karagounis 79), Sidwell, Dempsey 5; Kasami (Holtby 61); Bent 4. Subs (not used): Stockdale, Riise, Kvist, Rodallega.

BOOKED: Dejagah, Kasami.

GOAL: Heitinga (74).

CHELSEA (4-2-3-1): Cech; Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, Azpilicueta; Ramires, Matic; Schurrle (Luiz 87), Oscar (Mikel 78), Hazard; Torres (Ba 82). Subs (not used): Schwarzer, Cole, Lampard, Willian.

BOOKED: Ramires.

GOALS: Schurrle (52, 65, 69).

REFEREE: Mark Clattenburg (Tyne and Wear).