West Ham have done some great business in the transfer window already. However, one more quality addition could make all the difference at the London Stadium in the coming campaign.
Irons fans will be feeling a real sense of excitement as they enter the coming season. New manager Manuel Pellegrini has been backed with some serious money, and the quality of player he has brought to the London Stadium suggest the East London club want more than just a mid-table Premier League finish this time around.
Adding the quality of players like Jack Wilshere and Andriy Yarmolenko would be reason enough to excite fans of the Hammers. However, club record transfer fees are being continually smashed in this window. The £22m transfer to bring in Issa Diop was a club record, until Felipe Anderson arrived for £36m. These are signings which show serious ambition to take the club to the next level.
The one thing that seems to be lacking at the London Stadium, after they have strengthened in almost every department, is a lethal goal scorer. Javier Hernandez impressed for Mexico in the World Cup, but his return of just eight goals for West Ham last season will have been slightly disappointing, considering the £16m the Hammers spent to bring him to East London.
The signing West Ham should drop everything to bring in is Mario Balotelli (rated as being worth £21.6m by Transfermarkt). The striker has been in fine form in France for Ligue 1 OGC Nice. The Italian netted 26 goals in all competitions for Nice last season. Possessing great pace, trickery, and crucially a new found calmness in front of goal, Balotelli would be the perfect signing for West Ham.
Of course, questions over his attitude remain. The want-away star returned two weeks late for pre-season, and has been made to train alone by Nice. This is very reminiscent of the behaviour of Balotelli when in England, but it does not take away from the quality he has. He struggled in his last spell in England with Liverpool, but it looks like he has re-found his form in France. With all the creative talent they have brought to the club, adding a striker who will put chances away must be high up on the priority list for West Ham.
With Mario trying to force his way out of Nice, West Ham should drop everything and seize this opportunity to bring a top quality striker to the London Stadium. If they could pull off this coup, they would be a force to be reckoned with in the Premier League next season.