The German international has had a tough few years.
Kruse would potentially be a bargain as the same report also claims that the player could be sold for as little as €8 million (£6.3 million).
Kruse, on his day, can be a potent attacking threat. The 28-year-old has 14 caps and four goals for the German national team and has starred in the Bundesliga with SC Freiburg and Borussia Monchengladbach.
So why is it a risk?
Manchester United's Morgan Schneiderlin in action with Wolfsburg's Max Kruse
German international, in his prime and available at £6.3 million – Spurs are on to a winner, no?
Unfortunately, Kruse’s career has been blighted by off-field issues over the years.
He was omitted from the Germany squad in March of this year after a nightclub incident, as reported by the Daily Mail. He was left out of the 2014 World Cup winning squad for off-field reasons as well.
Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino
So he might actually be more trouble than he is worth.