Should West Ham pursue cut-price January swoop for Max Kruse?

Max Kruse of Werder Bremen confronts referee Christian Dingert during the Bundesliga match between SV Werder Bremen and FC Bayern Muenchen at Weserstadion on December 1, 2018 in Bremen,...

The Werder Bremen striker would be an excellent signing for West Ham.

Manuel Pellegrini manager

West Ham have recovered somewhat after their disappointing start to the season, and they now sit in 13th spot in the table, just five points adrift of sixth placed Everton.

That is not to say that Manuel Pellegrini will not be looking to bolster his ranks at the London Stadium in January, however.

One area in particular where the Chilean would surely like to improve is his attacking department, with Marko Arnautovic set to be unavailable for selection until the new year, and continual doubts over the fitness of Andy Carroll.

 

With this in mind, West Ham should consider a move for Werder Bremen hitman Max Kruse.

The German's current contract with the Bundesliga outfit is due to expire in the summer, so the Hammers might just be able to secure themselves a bargain deal for the striker.

The 30-year-old is a proven goalscorer, with a fantastic track record, having scored 124 goals for club and country.

The fact that he has earned 14 international caps for Germany serves as evidence of his quality, and he could be a really useful addition for West Ham.

Max Kruse of Werder Bremen controls the ball during the Bundesliga match between SV Werder Bremen and Bayer 04 Leverkusen at Weserstadion on October 28, 2018 in Bremen, Germany.

Kruse operates mainly as a target man, and is competent when playing with his back to goal. His ability to link up the play between midfield and attack is very impressive, and he would undoubtedly help the Hammers improve upon the fluidity of their play in the final third.

Whether Kruse could be tempted into joining West Ham remains to be seen, but if Pellegrini does manage to bring him to the London Stadium, it could turn out to be a signing of real significance for the club.

Max Kruse (L) of SV Werder Bremen challenges for the ball with Tobias Strobl (R) of  Borussia Moenchengladbach during the Bundesliga match between SV Werder Bremen and Borussia...

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