Tottenham begin work on deal for ex-Chelsea star who ticks a lot of boxes

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Tottenham Hotspur are poised to offer former Chelsea forward Andre Schurrle a return to the Premier League only 15 months after he left Stamford Bridge, according to The Mirror.

The Mirror reports that the 25-year-old German is unhappy at Wolfsburg under coach Dieter Hecking, and that his Canadian fiancee is also unsettled and would like to leave the city.

The Mirror claims that Tottenham has emerged as a potential escape route for the World Cup winner, and that intermediaries have begun work on a deal between Spurs and Wolfsburg.

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Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino needs to make attacking signings a priority this summer as he looks to prepare his Premier League title contenders for next season’s Champions League.

Harry Kane has carried Tottenham’s attack for much of the last two seasons. He is the Premier League’s top scorer with 24 goals, backing up last year’s return of 31 in all competitions.

Any new forward must be of Champions League quality to provide cover for Kane when required, but also prepared to play second fiddle to the homegrown hero, who will remain first choice.

Schurrle offers a versatility which suggests that he can fill that role. He can deputise for Kane in a central area, but also play in the same team as the 22-year-old as he is comfortable out wide.

The ex-Chelsea star has good goalscoring pedigree. He has scored 91 times in 323 club appearances – a goal every 3.6 games – and an even better record for Germany with 20 goals in 50 caps.

Half a century of appearances for the world champions and 32 in the Champions League proves Schurrle’s big-game experience – one thing Tottenham’s young squad is arguably short of.

Schurrle ticks a lot of boxes for Spurs, apart from one crucial one. He struggled to cement a regular spot for Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea because there was a perception that he dodged the dirty work.

Pochettino demands a work ethic like few other Premier League managers, with every player investing into his high-intensity pressing style, and that could be one obstacle to a possible transfer.

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