West Ham supporters have been somewhat downbeat in the Transfer Tavern this week after seeing their team concede a late leveller to end up drawing 3-3 with fellow strugglers Bournemouth at the Vitality Stadium on Boxing Day.
David Moyes’ men looked on course for a fifth league victory of the campaign as a Marko Arnautovic brace alongside James Collins’ opener gave them a 3-2 lead going into added time, only for Eddie Howe’s Cherries to hit back through Callum Wilson to preserve a point from the encounter. Nonetheless, the result meant that the South Coast outfit remained in the Premier League’s bottom three while the Hammers sit a point and a place above them in the division, with their run of one defeat in five games perhaps suggesting that they should have enough to beat the drop come May.
Regardless, there have been some deflated West Ham fans in the Tavern this week, yet their mood could be improved by a recent report from The Guardian, which suggests that Moyes is seeking to land a potentially key deal in the January window, namely bringing Andre Schurrle back to the Premier League in a bid to bolster his attacking ranks.
The 27-year-old is best known by English football fans for his two-year stint at Chelsea between 2013 and 2015, in which time he scored 14 goals in 65 games for the Blues in helping them to win the Premier League title back in 2015.
However, the Germany international has struggled for football at Dortmund this term with just four Bundesliga appearances to show for the first half of the campaign, and reports suggest that manager Moyes is eyeing up a possible loan move for the forward next month, in a bid to bolster his attacking ranks at the London Stadium.
And with Schurrle likely aware that greater first team football is needed to make Germany’s World Cup squad this summer, it’s a move which could well take place in the New Year.
Landlord’s verdict: Andre Schurrle made the move to Borussia Dortmund over the summer after impressing at fellow German side Wolfsburg, but things simply haven’t worked out for the former Chelsea forward.
The 27-year-old has just four Bundesliga appearances to show for his efforts in the first half of the campaign, thus throwing his short-term future at the club into doubt given that he faces missing out on selection for Germany’s World Cup squad should his difficulties at Dortmund persist.
Yet West Ham boss David Moyes is reportedly planning to lure him to the London Stadium next month to provide him with the football he needs, at the same time bolstering an attacking department which has managed just 22 goals so far this term.
All in all, it appears to be a move which is in the best interests of all parties involved.
West Ham fans… what do you make of the news? Let us know!
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