Mario Balotelli is one of the game's great entertainers
Mario Balotelli is back with parent club Liverpool after an unsuccessful loan spell with Italian giants AC Milan.
The 25-year-old Italian's career has been littered with controversy, but on his day, he still has the ability to be one of the most fearsome strikers in European football.
Balotelli is one of the game's great mavericks, and has thrilled English football fans with his outrageous antics down the years. It is debatable, however, if he will fit into Jurgen Klopp's high intensity pressing game, and there's a chance he could be deemed surplus to requirements under the German's regime.
Balotelli still has enough time to prove himself
West Ham United are a club in need of a striker, so why not take a gamble on the Italian? Although he still has two-years remaining on his current deal at Liverpool, the transfer fee needed to prize him away from Anfield is unlikely to be extortionate.
The former Manchester City and Inter Milan star admitted just recently that he had not realised his potential, claiming that he had only performed to 50 per cent of his ability, as reported by Sky Sports.
So maybe the penny has finally dropped with the enigmatic star, and who better to coax the best out of him than West Ham manager Slaven Bilic?
Balotelli's troublesome reputation sometimes proceeds himself
The Croatian has brought a breathe of fresh air with him to the Premier League, and his no-nonsence attitude, combined with his ability to make his players feel like they are the best in the world, would make for the ideal environment for Balotelli to blossom.
He would bring unquestionable class and talent, which if channelled correctly, could improve the Hammers immeasurably. He would also bring a wealth of experience despite his young age. He is a three-time Serie A winner, and has a Premier League title, an FA Cup and a Champions League medal to his name.
West Ham manager Slaven Bilic could work wonders with Balotelli
The West Ham fans love a character, and if a move were to come to fruition, Balotelli would be the latest in a long list of mercurial talents to have worn the famous Claret and Blue strip.
He possesses blistering pace combined with raw power, and his composure in front of goal is second-to-none. Maybe West Ham will be the place where he finally shows the world the real Mario Balotelli, and in doing so, help the Hammers reach the promised land of Champions League football.