West Ham have been linked with a move for Mario Balotelli this summer.
The Sun claimed last week that the Italian was offered to the Hammers on a free transfer, along with his £70,000 per week wage demands.
Balotelli is a real maverick, and seems to be the kind of player who would be hero-worshipped at West Ham.
Hammers insider ExWHUemployee has poured cold water on talk of the former Manchester City and Liverpool ace moving to the London Stadium, however.
He suggested that Manuel Pellegrini is concerned by the 28-year-old’s attitude:
I wouldn’t have thought so at the point: Rondon looks set to go to China and Pellegrini worried about ballotellis attitude etc https://t.co/dbiiJZvGIF
— ExWHUemployee (@ExWHUemployee) 15 July 2019
On his day, Balotelli is unplayable, and he could be a real hit at the London Stadium.
He does bring obvious baggage along with him, however.
His off-field transgressions often undermine his ability on the pitch. And despite the fact that he’s available on a free transfer, he would still command a hefty salary.
Perhaps West Ham will be better off pursuing the likes of Sebastien Haller and Moussa Marega.
Whatever happens, the Hammers must sign at least two new forwards.
As things stand, however, it seems as though Balotelli will not be one of them.