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West Ham reportedly offered chance to sign free agent Mario Balotelli

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West Ham reportedly offered chance to sign free agent Mario Balotelli

The controversial forward played for Marseille last season.

West Ham have been offered the chance to sign Italian striker Mario Balotelli on a free transfer this summer, according to the Daily Mirror.

They report that the Hammers have seen their attempts to sign Maxi Gomez from Celta Vigo come to nothing with the striker on course to join Valencia.

Callum Wilson is also apparently in the frame, but they have also got the chance to sign Balotelli, who won the Premier League with Manchester City back in 2012.

He played for Marseille last season but is currently out of contract, and he and Hammers boss Manuel Pellegrini were never at City at the same time.

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West Ham have just got rid of one temperamental striker in Marko Arnautovic, so the big question is do they want to get another one through the door so soon?


The obvious answer is no – Pellegrini has the club on an even keel, pushing in the right direction with a vibrant, attacking squad who have all bought into his vision.

Balotelli’s attitude and the circus that comes with him has never lived up to his actual output on the pitch and despite West Ham’s increasingly acute need for a striker, they shouldn’t go near him.

It looks as if Pellegrini will focus his attention on other targets like Wilson, which is exactly the right thing to do.

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