According to a recent report by The Sun, Stoke City are keen on luring Borussia Dortmund forward, Andre Schurrle, on loan for the rest of the season. The German international is struggling for game time and there is a possibility that he would be shipped out of the Westfalenstadion on loan in order to avoid stagnation.
Apart from Stoke City, Newcastle United are also keenly monitoring his situation and are also believed to be in the race to make him sign on the dotted line. The apparent interest from English clubs implies that he is still very popular on these shores, having spent a couple of years with Chelsea, before moving to Wolfsburg and then eventually to the ranks of Borussia Dortmund.
The Stoke City attackers have struggled to make their presence felt this season. Yes, they have conceded a lot of goals but the lack of cutting edge up front has played a pivotal role in their lacklustre performances. At this stroke of the hour, they are placed at the 17th spot in the league table with 23 points to their name from 24 encounters and are living dangerously on the edge of the relegation zone.
With the January transfer window still wide open, Paul Lambert certainly has the opportunity to make the necessary additions to beef up his arsenal and they could do themselves a massive favour by signing Schurrle. During his time with the Blues, the German was more than a decent commodity in the Premier League and his experience should help Stoke City as well.
The 27-year-old is capable of operating on either wing as well as a centre-forward and his versatility is astounding. He has the requisite pace, is someone who would constantly look for goal scoring opportunities and has the ability to hold the ball well in the final third. However, his current situation at Borussia Dortmund must have affected his confidence to an extent.
He has been sporadically used by the Bundesliga club, as he has been handed merely 2 starts in the German top-flight, scoring no goals and has fallen down in the pecking order. Schurrle must be eyeing to play regularly and given that Lambert’s side are in an urgent need of a player with considerable calibre in the final third, they must leave no stone unturned to thrash out a loan deal to bring him in for the remainder of the season.