West Ham United are desperately scouring the transfer market for a striker this summer and a number of names have already been whispered.

The Hammers have been strongly linked with the likes of Jermain Defoe, Michy Batshuayi, Kelechi Iheanacho, Wilfried Bony and many more already since the season ended.

And the latest striker to be linked with a move to West Ham is Max Kruse, according to reports in the German media.

German media outlet Sport Bild are reporting that West Ham United are one of a number of Premier League clubs interested in Kruse.

The 29-year-old is currently at Werder Bremen, where he has a contract until summer 2019.

However, Kruse is available for a mere €12m (roughly £10.5m) this summer, alerting a number of Premier League suitors.

Alongside West Ham, the other interested parties include Everton, Southampton, West Bromwich Albion and Stoke City.

The German international, with 14 caps to his name, is not actively searching for an exit but would reportedly be interested in leaving if a Premier League club submitted a formal offer because Werder Bremen finished 8th and missed out on European football.

Kruse netted 15 goals in the Bundesliga last season and could be the answer to West Ham’s striker issues.