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West Ham United have been offered the chance to sign controversial former Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli, per The Daily Telegraph.
The Hammers are currently short on strikers.
Marko Arnautovic left the club to move to Shanghai SIPG on Monday, while Lucas Perez and Andy Carroll departed earlier in the summer.
A move for Maxi Gomez appears to be on the verge of collapse amid reports that he is set to snub a move to the Hammers in favour of joining Valencia.
And the Telegraph claims that Balotelli, whose contract has expired at Marseille, has been offered to the Irons.
Manuel Pellegrini, however, is yet to show any interest in a player who has previously made headlines for causing a fire in his own house by setting off fireworks in the bathroom and asked to be substituted after discovering an allergy to grass.
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How better to replace the poisonous influence of Marko Arnautovic than by bringing in the shy and retiring Balotelli?
This is absolutely the worst kind of deal that West Ham could be forced into and it should be avoided at all costs.
The Italy international has not been able to live up to the performances he gave at City, when it appeared he could become a star, and Marseille were in no hurry to keep him around.
The latest reports even claim that he paid a restaurant owner to drive a moped into the sea and that he is under investigation by police.
He would create headlines if he came to east London, that is for sure, but for all the wrong reasons.