The transfer window has closed but West Ham United have looked short in certain areas already.

Manuel Pellegrini had a net spend of £35million as he brought in the likes of Sebastien Haller, Pablo Fornals, Albian Ajeti and Goncalo Cardoso over the summer.

West Ham fans were urging the club to sign new fullbacks and a defensive midfielder.

Many also liked the idea of a move for out of contract and heavily-linked star Mario Balotelli.

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Closing of transfer window was not game over for Super Mario

The Sun were one of a host of outlets to claim West Ham were offered the chance to sign the former Manchester City and Liverpool forward.

But when the window closed last Thursday Pellegrini added little known Swiss striker Albian Ajeti instead.

Most supporters were happy to see the club investing in a young, promising player rather than bringing in a big name on big wages.

A dreary 5-0 drubbing to Manchester City on the opening day was sobering, though.

And some fans feel Pellegrini’s side looked a touch predictable and one-paced, particularly in attack.

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Do Hammers have enough variety in attack to be successful?

Wages are not an issue for West Ham after a big summer clearout.

 

So if Pellegrini was to revisit his alleged interest in Balotelli it should be possible.

That’s after a new report from Italy revealed what two clubs vying for his signature have offered the forward.

According to Football Italia Brazilian side Flamengo and Balotelli’s hometown club Brescia have offered the forward around £3million a year plus performance-related bonuses and a large signing-on fee.

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Report makes claim over Balotelli pay packet

Fellow Hammers website Claret & Hugh claimed over the summer that Pellegrini was wary of Balotelli’s potential to upset the team spirit he has fostered at West Ham.

Could the reality of the task at hand in a fiercely competitive Premier League have changed his mind?

Javier Hernandez has failed to impress and Michail Antonio cannot cut it as a striker in the top flight.

That leaves target man Haller and the untested Ajeti.

Balotelli divided the fanbase over the summer.

The gamble is whether the Hammers have enough in their current squad to compete for a European spot.

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