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West Ham: Mario Balotelli offered to club following release from Marseille

West Ham: Mario Balotelli offered to club following release from Marseille

West Ham have been offered former Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli as the club aim to replace departed striker Marko Arnautovic.

The Telegraph report that the Italian international, who is now a free agent after being released by Marseille as per 90min, has been offered to West Ham this summer as the east London club aims to find a new striker following Arnautovic’s £22.4 million departure to the Chinese Super League this week (BBC Sport).

The 28-year-old attacker scored eight goals in 13 games for Marseille last season as the French giants signed Balotelli on a six-month contract following his termination from Nice in the January transfer window via BBC Sport.

An explosive character in the world of football highlighted by the story that Balotelli once set off fireworks in his bathroom during his spell at Man City as per the Guardian, the striker has shown, though, that when it comes to scoring goals he can be a reliable attacker.

In his last full season at a club, Nice in the 2017/18 season, Balotelli asserted himself as one of the top strikers in France as the former Liverpool man hit 26 goals in all competitions for the Ligue 1 side, winning his spot back in the Italian national team as per ESPN.

Of course, signing Balotelli brings along problems off the pitch with the striker recently being reported to Italian police for paying a local bar owner €2,000 cash to drive a moped into the sea as Football Italia report, but with the Hammers in need of a No.9, the former Marseille striker could be worth the punt given his previous record in a full season.

West Ham fans, would you take Balotelli this summer? Let us know!

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