By Matt Lynch

Turkish giants Galatasaray have joined the race to sign the out of favour Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli, according to a report.

Balotelli has spent the season on loan at AC Milan but now he could be set to leave Anfield on a permanent basis after being deemed surplus to requirements on Merseyside.

Italian publication Sports Mediaset report that Galatasaray are ready to make a move for Balotelli, who only found the net three times this season for Milan. Lazio are also monitoring the striker’s situation.

The 25-year-old is said to have failed to impress Milan bosses enough to earn a permanent switch back to the club where he initially signed from to join Liverpool.

It is reported that the Merseyside club will be keen to get a deal completed quickly with Balotelli currently earning £80,000-a-week at Anfield.

In only one season at Liverpool, he scored just four goals in 28 matches in all competitions, including just one in 16 Premier League games.

If Balotelli does leave Anfield this summer it would not be the first time an expensive striker has failed to establish himself at Liverpool with Andy Carroll and Fabio Borini both failing to deliver after big-money moves.

In other Liverpool transfer news, Jurgen Klopp has added a personal touch to hijack Tottenham’s swoop for a wonderkid.