West Bromwich Albion are expected to be extremely busy during this summer's transfer window.
West Bromwich Albion manager Tony Pulis
Baggies fans have had to endure some fairly underwhelming transfer windows of late, with multiple deals for some of Tony Pulis' primary targets collapsing before completion.
They will of course have to strengthen in the summer, if they are to make genuine progression, and Pulis will have to be smart in his recruitment, with so many clubs in the league in a far stronger financial position than the Black Country outfit.
And an interesting option for the Baggies could be Mario Balotelli, whose contract with Nice expires in the summer.
The mercurial Italian obviously comes with a lot of baggage, but his talent is beyond question, and he could bring so much to Pulis' side if he applies himself in the correct manner.
The 26-year-old has actually performed well for the Ligue 1 side this season, scoring 13 goals in 19 league outings thus far, and whilst signing him would be perceived as risky by many, the fact that he would be available on a free transfer would dramatically decrease that supposed risk.
The former Liverpool and Manchester City striker could form a formidable partnership with Salomon Rondon. The Venezuelan is renowned for making unselfish runs into the channels, whilst Balotelli does most of his work in and around the box.
The pair could feed off of each other, and would arguably bring the best out of one another.
The Italian has reached the point in his career where he has to start taking his football seriously, if he is to fulfil his potential.
And a move to the Hawthorns in the summer might just provide him with the platform to showcase his true talent.
Balotelli in action for Nice