West Ham are considering a number of cheap strikers, according to trusted insider EXWHUEmployee. And one of those is Mario Balotelli.

Speaking on The West Ham Way podcast on Phoenix FM (Wednesday 12th June), EXWHUEmployee told listeners that Balotelli was one of a few strikers being considered by the Hammers.

West Ham’s budget is limited this summer but new strikers are needed. With Lucas Perez and Andy Carroll departing this summer, at least one new striker needs to come in.

Javier Hernandez has also been linked with an exit so this is a priority position for the Hammers. Balotelli would be a low-cost signing as he will be available on a free transfer this summer.

West Ham are reportedly considering a number of strikers to sign this summer – either on loan or on a free transfer. There are few quality free agents available but Balotelli fits the bill, even if he does come with baggage.

Would Mario Balotelli be a good signing?

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If West Ham sign Balotelli, he is bound to divide opinion. But having Marko Arnautovic and Balotelli up front will be box office for West Ham fans. Both are tempestuous maverick talents who are equally likely to be match-winners or sulkers in a match.

Balotelli has brought controversy with him everywhere he has gone in an interesting career. His two spells in England returned mixed results. He scored 30 times in three seasons with Manchester City and won the Premier League title.

But he only managed four goals in his one season with Liverpool. Balotelli has also played for Inter Milan, AC Milan, Nice and Marseille during his career with varying success.

However, he would join West Ham on the back of a prolific spell for Marseille. The Italy international scored eight goals in 12 games after joining from Nice in January.

Cash-strapped Marseille will probably lose him on a free transfer due to his wage demands. But Balotelli will not be short of suitors. Will the hot-headed 28-year-old be heading to West Ham?

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