West Ham want Andre Schurrle; but is Dortmund disaster a warning to Moyes?

West Ham United's Scottish manager David Moyes arrives for the English Premier League football match between West Ham United and Newcastle United at The London Stadium, in east London on...

Andre Schurrle's club-record £26m move to Bundesliga giants Borussia Dortmund has been a disaster - but West Ham United may rescue him yet.

Andre Schurrle of Borussia Dortmund runs with the ball during the preseason friendly match between Urawa Red Diamonds and Borussia Dortmund at Saitama Stadium on July 15, 2017 in Saitama,...

In England, Andre Schurrle is remembered for setting up Mario Goetze’s winner in the 2014 World Cup final – and being somewhat harshly sold by Chelsea in the winter of 2015.

So it’s tempting to look at reports in The Guardian that West Ham are plotting a January move for Schurrle and see a potential deal as a real coup. But those who have watched the German international winger in the last two years will tell you that he is no longer the speedy goalscoring wideman who looked such a talent during his spell at Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea's German striker Andre Schurrle celebrates after scoring their third goal during the English League Cup quarter-final football match between Derby County and Chelsea at iPro...

That move to Wolfsburg in 2015 was nothing short of a disaster and his spell at Borussia Dortmund hasn’t gone much better. Schurrle was signed in the summer of 2016 to replace the influential Henrikh Mkhitaryan but it’s fair to say he has failed spectacularly.

The club-record addition scored just twice and set up another two goals in the Bundesliga during an injury hit debut season. And the current campaign hasn’t gone much better, Schurrle starting just once in the league.

It's fair to say that £26 million transfer fee, as reported by ESPN, has backfired big time.

Dortmund's German midfielder Andre Schuerrle reacts during the German First division Bundesliga football match Bayer Leverkusen vs Borussia Dortmund on December 2, 2017 in Leverkusen,...

The Guardian reports that West Ham would look to sign Schurrle on a short-term basis, however, which could benefit all parties. Schurrle at his best would provide The Hammers with pace, unpredictability and a real goal threat in the final third.

A fine spell at the London Stadium could also help Schurrle force his way back into Joachim Low’s plans ahead of the World Cup.

But any deal should be greeted with a great deal of scepticism.

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