West Ham supporters finally had something to shout about in the Transfer Tavern on Monday following their side’s first Premier League win of the season.
Manager Slaven Bilic was under pressure after three successive defeats to start the league campaign, but in their first game of the term at the London Stadium, they picked up a deserved 2-0 victory over David Wagner’s Huddersfield Town.
And, unsurprisingly, that thrilled the many Hammers fans stood at the bar in the Tavern, although they are unlikely to be too delighted with a recent report from The Sun, which details that the club failed in their deadline day pursuit of Borussia Dortmund forward Andre Schurrle.
The 26-year-old is best known to English football fans for his two-year stint at Chelsea, for whom he scored 14 goals in 65 games between 2013 and 2015, and actually received a Premier League winner’s medal in 2015 despite joining Wolfsburg in the February.
And although the Germany World Cup winner performed well for the Bundesliga outfit back in 2015/16, he hasn’t quite been able to replicate that at Dortmund, and West Ham reportedly looked to take advantage of that by launching a deadline day move for the forward, albeit they were unable to strike a deal before August 31’s 11pm deadline.
The Hammers also missed out on the signing of William Carvalho, news which didn’t go down too well with West Ham fans in the Tavern, and news of a failed pursuit of the talented Schurrle is also unlikely to be well received by those supporters.
Landlord’s verdict: Andre Schurrle may not have been overly prolific during his short stint at Chelsea, but during that time he earned several rave reviews and of course helped the Blues win the Premier League title in 2015.
And although he did well for Wolfsburg immediately after leaving Stamford Bridge, his move to Borussia Dortmund hasn’t quite worked out, and Slaven Bilic’s West Ham were hoping to exploit those struggles with a late summer move for the 26-year-old.
However, they were unable to get it over the line, and although the forward ranks isn’t the weakest department at the London Stadium, there’s little doubt that the German international would have significantly bolstered that area ahead of the rest of the season.
West Ham fans… what do you make of the news? Let us know!