Wolves should avoid Balotelli move at all costs and look to former West Brom striker as alternative

West Bromwich Albion's Stephane Sessegnon with fans at the end of the game

Wolverhampton Wanderers have been linked with a move for Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli, but should consider a cheaper, more reliable option.

Liverpool's Mario Balotelli looks dejectedLiverpool's Mario Balotelli looks dejected

Reports emerged yesterday of Wolves' supposed interest in signing Liverpool outcast Mario Balotelli (The Express) with popular bookmakers SkyBet slashing the odds to evens on the Italian moving to the Midlands outfit.

Walter Zenga's men have made a solid start to their Championship campaign with a win and two draws from their opening three games, but there is still plenty of room for improvement if they are to push for promotion to the Premier League.

New Wolverhampton Wanderers manager Walter ZengaWolverhampton Wanderers manager Walter Zenga

It is vitally important for any side in England's second tier to play as a unit throughout the course of the gruelling, physically demanding season that is the Championship, and for that reason alone, Wolves must avoid signing the enigmatic Balotelli at all costs.

The Italian's attitude has been questionable at best throughout his career, and his work-rate is more often than not non-existent.

Zenga should opt for a player with more enthusiasm to work as part of a team, and an ideal option would be free agent Stephane Sessegnon.

The Benin international was released by West Bromwich Albion this summer after the expiration of his contract, and would make a useful addition to the Wolves squad.

Tottenham's Danny Rose is fouled by West Brom's Stephane SessegnonFormer West Brom forward Stephane Sessegnon

He can play just in behind the front-man and he is also apt at playing the lone striker role. 

Sessegnon possesses wonderful technical ability, and has a keen eye for a pass. He has a certain level of guile and creativity that would benefit Wolves' attacking play immensely, but at the same time, he is more than willing to put a shift in for his side.

While his goal record is not the most prolific, it is the all-round contribution he makes to his team that would make him such a coup for Wolves.

His tireless running into the channels would create space for his teammates around him and would, in turn, lead to more goalscoring opportunities.

The former Sunderland man would not only be a far more financially viable option than Balotelli, but he would arguably have more of an influence on Wolves' promotion push.

What route Zenga chooses to take remains to be seen, but a move for Sessegnon would come with little risk, and should a transfer come to fruition, could be one that has a decisive impact on their season.

Walter ZengaWalter Zenga

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