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Schurrle you jest: Wolfsburg striker linked to Tottenham

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This could be a decent signing. It's probably not real, though.

VfL Wolfsburg v Real Madrid CF - UEFA Champions League Quarter Final: First Leg Photo by Stuart Franklin/Bongarts/Getty Images

The transfer rumors are hotting up as fast as the Premier League title race! Tottenham still, supposedly, need to sign a striker this summer to back up - slash - compete with Harry Kane, and the Mirror is claiming that Spurs are keeping an eye on former Chelsea midfielder/forward Andre Schurrle.

On the one hand this is a little bit enticing. Schurrle wasn't terrible at Chelsea, scoring 11 goals in two seasons while playing mostly out of a midfield that included an in-form Eden Hazard and Oscar. He didn't see much action under Jose Mourinho, and moved to Wolfsburg at the beginning of the season. This season he's bagged nine goals and seven assists in all competitions with Wolfsburg. However, the Mirror is also reporting that he's not happy playing under manager Dieter Hecking and wants a move back to the Premier League.

Schurrle has won a World Cup with Germany and a Premier League title with Chelsea. He's one of those flexible attacking players who's comfortable playing all across the forward attacking band, including at striker, which could make him an attractive target to Mauricio Pochettino. Wolfsburg's not getting Champions League football this season, so moving to Tottenham might have a certain appeal.

On the other hand, the hangup could be the price. Chelsea sold him to Wolfsburg for £22m last summer, and it's very likely that his current club would want to at least break even. Although Spurs did drop about that much for Son Heung-Min last summer, they're also linked to Saido Berahino, who might cost that much as well, and any number of other targets.

And of course, there's no quotes, no direct sources, and no real evidence that this is anything but a "potential next destination" as the Mirror puts it. It could possibly be a thing. My gut tells me it's more than likely not a thing.

If he's truly unhappy at Wolfsburg, Schurrle might be at least a plausible option for Spurs this summer. He could also be just one of many options that they're looking at. If Schurrle wanted to come back to the EPL for a Champions League club and is content being a squad player instead of the man, it could be a decent signing. For now, file this under "not completely ridiculous but unlikely."