Besiktas join race for Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli

Besiktas have joined the race for Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli according to FutbolArena.

The Black Eagles are reported to have made an enquiry for the out-of-favour forward and are considering the Italian international as an option should Mario Gomez decide to leave over the summer.

Gomez scored 28 goals last season – the highest ever for a foreign players at Besiktas – in the Istanbul giants title run.

The Germany international is however, on loan and his impressive form last season has attracted a lot of interest from the Premier League and Bundesliga.

The Daily Star newspaper meanwhile claim that Galatasaray are preparing to table an offer for the out-of-favour striker.

Liverpool have transfer listed Balotelli and want to offload him to free up the £80,000-a-week wages that he is currently on but Galatasaray and Besiktas would struggle to cover his current wages.

Balotelli has just returned from a disappointing season long loan at AC Milan scoring just one league goal in 23 games.

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