Mario Balotelli is a risk that West Ham don't need to take

Nice's Italian forward Mario Balotelli (2ndR) racts after missing a shot during the French L1 football match Nice (OGCN) vs Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) on March 18, 2018 at the Allianz...

West Ham United have been linked with a summer swoop for Mario Balotelli.

West Ham fans celebrate after the Carabao Cup Fourth Round match between Tottenham Hotspur and West Ham United at Wembley Stadium on October 25, 2017 in London, England.

Whoever is in charge of West Ham next season will have to ensure that he sufficiently strengthens the squad before the start of next season, after two transfer windows of really poor recruitment.

One particular department that certainly needs improvement is the attacking areas.

News emanating from Turkish media outlet Aspor yesterday claimed that the Hammers are lining up a summer swoop for Mario Balotelli, who will be available on a free transfer when his contract with Nice expires at the end of the season.

The 27-year-old has impressed during his time in Ligue 1, scoring 39 goals in 59 outings thus far, but he has never been to far away from controversy, and at the moment, that is the last thing that West Ham need.

Nice's Italian forward Mario Balotelli celebrates after scoring a second goal during the UEFA Europa League football match between Nice and Lokomotiv Moscow on February 15, 2018, at the...

In his 59 appearances for Nice he has racked up four red cards and 21 bookings, whilst continuing his high-profile off-pitch antics.

Balotelli proved during his time in England with Manchester City and Liverpool that, despite his talent, he is nothing more than a luxury player.

Nice's Italian forward Mario Barwuah Balotelli (2nd L) receives a yellow card during the French L1 football match between Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) and OGC Nice on December 11, 2016 at the...

If he failed to impress for those two teams, what with some of the incredible talent surrounding him, he would surely find the going even tougher in east London.

The Italy international will be available on a free transfer, but his wage demands will likely be extortionate, and the Hammers should look into alternative striker options this summer, because put simply, they cannot afford to be involved in any more controversy.

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