Balotelli has been ostracised by Nice manager Patrick Vieira, and West Ham are reportedly keen.

Italian outlet TuttoMercatoWeb claim Manuel Pellegrini has been monitoring Mario Balotelli and could be tempted to bring the OGC Nice striker to West Ham United this month.

The Mirror claimed earlier this month that Newcastle United wanted to sign the 28-year-old striker, after Patrick Vieira had told Balotelli that he would not be allowed to play for Nice again.

Nice want to sell the striker this month as the Italian powerhouse’s contract expires at the end of the season. In order to obtain a transfer fee for the Premier League champion, they must sell him this month.

Newcastle are said to have made a bid for the former Manchester City striker, who left the Citizens in January 2013, just a few months before Pellegrini moved to the Etihad in the summer of that year.

West Ham could be after a new striker before the end of the window, with Marko Arnautovic linked with a move to the Chinese Super League. Andy Carroll is also out of contract at the end of the season, while Chicharito has been linked with Valencia.

Balotelli certainly has plenty of quality, but has been in dismal form for Nice this season. Indeed, he has failed to score in 10 Ligue 1 appearances. The season before, Balotelli scored 26 goals in just 38 games.

It is believed that Balotelli is close to a move to Marseille, while Italian side Genoa are also keen.

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