West Ham made plenty of headlines over the course of the summer, not all of them good, but the Hammers certainly tried to improve their squad vastly in the transfer window and could have had another big name on Deadline Day, The Sun reports.
Slaven Bilic has endured a rollercoaster ride this summer but he’ll be pleased with the additions of Javier Hernandez, Pablo Zabaleta, Joe Hart and Marko Arnautovic but the Hammers have left a lot to be desired- especially after losing their first three games of the season.
It’s no secret that West Ham eyed further signings in the January window, but failed to get them over the line, and The Sun has revealed that the East London side failed to get a deal over the line on Deadline Day for Borussia Dortmund winger Andre Schurrle.
The World Cup winner was keen to return to the Premier League, two-years after leaving Chelsea, and would have increased the attacking prowess that Bilic has at his disposal. The deal was an initial loan with an obligation to buy at £26m but West Ham took their eye off the ball and failed to complete a deal.
Whilst fans may be upset about the fact that a move for Andre Schurrle didn’t go ahead, the fact of the matter is the Hammers probably wouldn’t have found themselves in a better position than they currently sit in as their problems are in defence.
Losing all three of their opening games, albeit away from home, it’s been clear that another attacking player wouldn’t necessarily have improved their standings- as they haven’t been able to find the right avenue with the likes of Hernandez and Arnautovic already in their side.
At 26, Schurrle is at the sort of age where he is entering his prime though and a move to West Ham would have seen him become a star player in the side, something he hasn’t managed to be during his time with Chelsea or with current side Borussia Dortmund.
£26m would have been a huge sum for the World Cup winner though and the high price could be a concern for the fans, as the Hammers have splashed an amount of cash in the transfer market without showing real tangible benefits.