Cottagers plot ambitious Andre Schurrle swoop


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Fulham are looking to further bolster their squad ahead of the Premier League campaign with an ambitious swoop to sign Borussia Dortmund forward Andre Schurrle, according to reports in Germany.

The Cottagers are looking forward to their first top-flight season since 2013-14 having secured promotion via the Championship play-off final win against Aston Villa at Wembley in May.

Boss Slavisa Jokanovic has already drafted in midfielder Jean-Michael Serri and versatile defender Maxime La Marchand from French Ligue 1 outfit Nice.

A deal to bring in Newcastle’s Serbian striker Aleksandar Mitrovic remains in the pipeline following his successful loan spell in the second half of last season, while the Londoners remain linked with the likes of Besiktas goalkeeper Fabri and Espanyol midfielder David Lopez.

However, reports are suggesting that Fulham are in the hunt to sign Germany international and 2014 World Cup winner, Schurrle, in this transfer window.

The 27-year-old, who scored 11 goals in 44 appearances for rivals Chelsea, including a hat-trick against Fulham at Craven Cottage, is thought to be keen on a return to London having fallen out of favour with Dortmund coach Lucien Favre ahead of the new Bundesliga campaign.

Schurrle could be available in a loan or permanent deal and Fulham would face competition for his signature, but if they pulled off a swoop it would be a statement of intent by the club who are 11/8 to win the Premier League opener against Crystal Palace on August 11.

The Eagles, who have also been linked to Schurrle, are 2/1 to win at Craven Cottage, while the draw is 12/5.

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