Three reasons West Ham must beat Premier League rivals to sign Max Kruse

According to reports from German media outlet Sportbild, West Ham United are one of five Premier League clubs tracking Werder Bremen striker Max Kruse this summer.

The Irons, along with Everton, Southampton, Stoke City and West Bromwich Albion, are said to be interested in bringing the 29-year-old to England following an impressive goalscoring campaign in the Bundesliga, with his team finishing in eighth position.

With Andy Carroll and Diafra Sakho once again missing large chunks of the season through injury, Hammers boss Slaven Bilic will likely be looking to sign at least one new striker – and probably more – over the course of the next few weeks.

The east London outfit have already been linked with the likes of Manchester City’s Kelechi Iheanacho and Chelsea’s Michy Batshuayi this summer, but the Croatian may see the Germany international as an interesting alternative.

Here are three reasons West Ham must win the race to sign Kruse…