By Wayne Veysey

18th Aug, 2016 | 12:09pm

Odds slashed: Wolves installed as favourites to sign Liverpool senior man

By Alex Stevens

Wolves have been installed as the bookmakers’ favourites to sign Mario Balotelli in the final weeks of the transfer window.

The Italy international had his odds slashed to 2/1 by betting company Sky Bet on Thursday afternoon morning to make a sensational move to Molineux.

Wolves have jumped ahead of Serie A club Chievo in the betting to land Benteke, with the Italian club priced at 9/2 to sign the striker.

Ajax are third favourites to bring the 26-year-old to their club at 5/1, ahead of Besiktas, who are 8/1 to land him in this summer’s window.

The change in odds come after speculation mounted on Thursday that Balotelli could sensationally drop down from the Premier League to the Championship and join newly-rich Wolves.

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The striker is desperate to move away from Merseyside this summer, with manager Jurgen Klopp making it clear that there is no place for him in the first team set-up at Anfield.

Liverpool are attempting to find a club for Balotelli but it has proved problematic with the Italian struggling in previous seasons.

The former AC Milan forward joined the Reds in a £16million deal in August 2014.

Since his arrival at the club the striker has failed to live up to expectations, scoring just four goals in 28 appearances at the Merseyside outfit after being brought in to replace the departing Luis Suarez.

The Italy international missed out on this summer’s European Championships after suffering another wayward season in front of goal, bagging just three goals and providing one assist in Serie A this season while on loan to AC Milan.

The former Inter Milan goal-scorer has returned to Melwood to train under Jugen Klopp ahead of the new Premier League season but is now behind Daniel Sturridge, Divock Origi and Divock Origi in the spearhead pecking order, as well as playmakers Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino.

In other Liverpool transfer news, they enter talks to hijack an Arsenal deal and the player could come as a part-exchange.