Three reasons Southampton must beat Premier League rivals to sign Max Kruse

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

After enjoying an impressive season for the Bundesliga outfit and helping them to an eighth-place finish, the 29-year-old attacker is said to be a target for Saints, Everton, West Ham United, West Bromwich Albion and Stoke City.

Whether manager Claude Puel leaves or not this summer, the south coast outfit will be looking to strengthen their squad as they look to qualify for the Europa League again next season following an eighth-place finish in the top flight themselves.

After scoring just 17 goals at home throughout the league campaign and just 41 in 38 matches in total, a new striker could be a priority as the club look to solve their goalscoring issues.

Here are three reasons Southampton must win the race to sign Kruseā€¦