Sampdoria president admits he wants to partner Liverpool's Mario Balotelli with former Everton man Samuel Eto'o next season

It looks like a former Merseyside connection could be the strikeforce for Sampdoria next season.

Mario Balotelii has undoubtedly been a flop at Liverpool. The Italian striker, who cost a reported £16 million according to Sky Sports last summer, has failed to shrug off his reputation as a stroppy kid and has also battled injury throughout the term.

All in all, from 28 appearances this season, he has managed to score just four goals and the rumour mill is already trying to churn him out of Anfield this summer.

Now it seems a return to Italy could be on the cards, to form a strike-force with a former Everton player.

Sampdoria president Massimo Ferrero has told Radio Kiss Kiss, as reported by ESPN, that Balotelli is welcome to join the Genoa club, and form a partnership with Samuel Eto'o up top:

"He's a great name and certainly he'd be welcomed by many clubs.

"If it were up to me, I would bring him to Sampdoria immediately. It would be fantastic to have him together with Eto'o."

Eto'o joined Sampdoria earlier this year after a difficult spell at Everton, where he scored four goals in 20 appearances and struggled for first-team football.

He has struggled back in Italy, scoring just once in 14 appearances. But Sampdoria are an ambitious outfit chasing European football this season. To go the next step, they rightly want to bring in some marquee players, such as Balotelli.

But with a record of just nine goals in a combined tally of 62 appearances this season you winder why Sampdoria are so keen.

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