West Ham United boss Gianfranco Zola believes Inter Milan striker Mario Balotelli would benefit from a move away from Italy. The 18-year-old has struggled to hold down a first-team place at the San Siro - making 33 league appearances since making his debut in December 2007 - with the Italian U21 international's chances of action under Jose Mourinho in 2009/10 still expected to be limited following the arrival of Samuel Eto'o from Barcelona. And Zola, who is keen to strengthen the Hammers’ attacking options, believes he is doing everything in his power to secure the starlet's services. "I have done everything I can to sign Mario," he said. "It would be in both our interests if he came to West Ham. "There's no place for him at Inter and he's a natural talent. "He is extroverted and knows his attitude can upset people, but he's intelligent and still learning to handle situations." West Ham are in talks with Inter over a prospective move which, if completed, will be the second deal between the sides this summer, after Luis Jiminez arrived on loan. WEST HAM FANS! Check FourFourTwo.com’s ever-expanding interviews archive for more stuff to read: Web Exclusives Mark Noble, Les Ferdinand One on One Les Ferdinand, Paolo di Canio, Gianfranco Zola My Secret Vice Nolberto Solano, Martin Allen Ask A Silly Question Sir Geoff Hurst What Happened Next? Julian Dicks Sing When You’re Winning Nick Frost Plus! Mark Noble on Weekend Wonders and West Ham on Talentspotter
30 July 2009
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