Andre Schurrle’s two-year loan spell with Fulham is set to end a season early following the Cottagers’ relegation, according to the Sun.
They report that the Whites insisted on putting a severance clause in the loan deal that took the German World Cup winner to Craven Cottage from Borussia Dortmund in order to avoid being lumbered with his bumper wages in the Championship.
Schurrle has had an inconsistent season, as the manager who brought him to the club – Slavisa Jokanovic – was sacked early and replaced by the far more pragmatic Claudio Ranieri.
But he clearly still has something to offer in the top flight, and there should be Premier League clubs looking to engineer a swift return to England for Schurrle.
And West Ham need further creative influence, with Marko Arnautovic unsettled and underperforming, and the likes of Lucas Perez and Andy Carroll looking set to leave.
Schurrle is the kind of versatile forward the Hammers need as they continue to bring through a more attractive style of play and he would be another senior player with a winning mentality that could help the squad.
He is most comfortable operating out wide – and in the absence of Andriy Yarmolenko, would be a good option out on the right – but can play as a striker, which is exactly what the Hammers need, and another loan deal could suit all parties.