It would appear if any club is to sign 27-year-old Borussia Dortmund forward Andre Schurrle on loan, it could be Newcastle.
Dortmund want to loan their forward out for the next 18 months to a Premier League club, and if Newcastle can afford him it would be a way of getting some class into the side for this season and next season.
SkyBet have Newcastle as favorites to sign the 59 times capped German International (22 goals) at 4/1, followed by West Brom at 7/1 and Southampton at 18/1.
With Schurrle’s wages of £150K/week that would mean the cost of his wages alone to Newcastle would be close to £4M a season.
Andre Schurrle – 27-year-old Borussia Dortmund star forward
And then there’s the loan fee, but maybe if we did have him on loan we could agree an option to buy him in the contract.
And maybe his fee would be reduced because of the money we have already paid out for him?
But it’s worth Newcastle trying to agree on the transfer fee now because they are only going to go up over the next 18 months.
The Mail had reported that Newcastle and Stoke were the two Premier Leagues initially most interested in signing Schurrle, but Stoke are way down in the SkyBet betting.
The German forward can play on either wing or as an out-and-out striker and with his undoubted class he could score goals and set them up for other players at Newcastle.
Just like he set up Mario Gotze’s winning goal in extra time to allow Germany to beat Argentina 1-0 to win the World Cup (again) in 2014.
Schurrle has come in for some rough times this season in Germany, but class is permanent and form is temporary.
And with the coaching of Rafa Benitez, he must know he has a good chance of getting back to his top form on Tyneside.
But he will be expensive for sure.
So here’s another chance for Mike Ashley to show he is willing to support the manager in this month’s transfer window.
Since leaving Chelsea in 2015 Andre has played at both Wolfsburg and Dortmund.
Newcastle signing Schurrle would help show the long-suffering Geordie fans we can still attract world-class players to the club – if only on loan.