The Germany international ended his 18 month spell at Stamford Bridge before the cut-off point, joining Bundesliga high-flyers Wolfsburg in a deal worth around £22m, making way for Juan Cuadrado’s capture.
Although a switch back to his homeland had long been mooted as the most likely option for Schurrle, it has emerged that Spurs made a late effort to lure him across London to White Hart Lane.
The Lilywhites are understood to have approached their local rivals with a view to a late deal, but a £30m price-tag was enough to cut their desire to land the wide-man short.
Chelsea were, seemingly, reluctant to offload their player to a domestic opponent – a point backed up by the lower fee demanded of Wolfsburg – while Schurrle himself was eager to return to Germany.
However, it was not a quiet day for Spurs, who signed Dele Alli from the MK Dons, before loaning him back, and allowed Aaron Lennon to sign for Everton on loan for the rest of the season.