West Ham are in the thick of a relegation battle and face a crucial run of winnable fixtures which could go some way to securing their safety.
Fans have turned on co-owners David Sullivan and David Gold in great numbers this season and one of their many grievances is that Sullivan in particular and his head of recruitment Tony Henry dictate West Ham's transfer targets.
David Moyes insisted he would have the final say on transfers when he was appointed as Slaven Bilic's successor in November.
Question marks have been raised since, though, with the Hammers linked with more than 30 different players they are supposedly interested in this January.
Moyes himself admitted last week "I think I'm starting to learn a bit about West Ham, we seem to be linked with everyone."
The Scot has also bemoaned the fact he has too many forwards and in particular too many attacking players who want to play on the left.
So does the reported pursuit of Schurrle prove that Moyes is not picking the players given he is just that, a forward who plays on the left.
The 27-year-old clearly has pedigree but has become a peripheral figure at Borussia Dortmund and is expected to leave the this month in order to feature more regularly ahead of this summer's World Cup.
He may be something of a coup for West Ham but is it just further evidence of Sullivan's apparent scattergun approach to transfer business given Moyes' stated surplus of players in that position.