According to reliable West Ham United club insider @ExWHUemployee on Episode 92 of ‘The West Ham Way’ radio show, the club are eyeing a surprise potential move for free agent striker Mario Balotelli, and Irons fans have been quick to react to the news.
@ExWHUemployee revealed on the show that new Hammers boss is keen to bring a forward to the London Stadium this summer to compete with the likes of Marko Arnautovic, Javier Hernandez and Andy Carroll, and that the Italy international is an option.
The 27-year-old’s contract with Nice expires at the end of the month and having scored 26 goals in 38 appearances in all competitions for them last term, he may well be in demand this summer.
West Ham supporters, who want their club to sign an England international this summer following his display against Tunisia, took to social media to give their thoughts on the link, and while one said “I’ve always thought Balotelli would be perfect for us”, another said he “can’t be worse than Carroll”.
Here is just a selection of the Twitter reaction…
Would rather arnie and hernandez but balotelli as back up
— 父 George Karby 父 (@GeorgeKarby) June 20, 2018
I’d take Ballotelli. I may be in the minority, but I think he’d be worth taking a chance on, especially on a free, IMO.
— Chris Causey (@DJHooligan109) June 20, 2018
Pelegrini needs to get balotelli in, playing quality in France
— Dean Taylor (@DEANTAYLOR87) June 20, 2018
Wilshere on a free is a no brainier and I’ve always thought balotelli would be perfect for us, if he’s quality brilliant if he does pony then like I said, perfect fit lol
— ⚒NickTheHammer⚒ (@HBDC10) June 20, 2018
— kevthehammersuddell (@kevin_suddell) June 20, 2018
go for it cant be worse than Carroll
— anthony gale (@geeby61) June 19, 2018
Mario Balotelli would thrive at West Ham.
— West Ham Fanzone (@WestHamFZ) June 20, 2018
Please be true … him and Wilshire would be happy both on frees!
— J (@BurchettJason) June 20, 2018