West Ham reportedly could consider a move to try sign Nice centre-forward Mario Balotelli.
According to TuttoMercatoWeb, Hammers manager Manuel Pellegrini has been monitoring the 28-year-old ahead of a potential swoop.
It is understood that the Italian is available to exit Nice after falling out of favour, with clubs Marseille and Genoa both keen.
As West Ham fans wait to hear about the future of their attacker Marko Arnautovic, the club appear to be drawing up a shortlist of potential replacements.
There aren’t many more names in world football that can claim to be more controversial as Balotelli, who has a track record of misbehaviour and his form also blows hot and cold.
He would be a colossal risk for Pellegrini if the club ramp up their interest.
Balotelli has failed to score in any of his 10 appearances for Ligue 1 club Nice this season and his form has fallen off a cliff.
The Hammers need a prolific goalscorer to come into the London Stadium and he certainly doesn’t appear to be that right now.
But there is certainly brilliant talent in the Italian misfit, who returned 26 goals across all competitions for Nice last season.
West Ham are probably best advised to stay away from Balotelli given his unpredictability, but if Pellegrini can tame him they would have a player on their hand.