Barnsley has been investigating former Italian striker Mario Balotelli for signing a free agent after leaving Brescia.
The 30-year-old former Manchester City and Liverpool striker is without a club in his hometown after ending his contract with Serie A side Brescia, having repeatedly missed training in June and July.
There have been talks between Balotelli’s representatives and the presidents of Barnsley, Chien Lee and Paul Conway, but the talks have not gone any further.
The former Italian striker has been training with Serie D’s Franciacorta to maintain his fitness.
Balotelli’s return from England to Italy from 2015 to 2015 was linked to a move to Barnsley’s Sky Bet Championship opponent Watford, according to newspaper reports.
Barnsley, who is currently in 16th place in the Championship standings, hopes the Italians can help strengthen their chances of survival.
Balotelli won three Serie A titles and a Champions League at Inter Milan, a Premier League and an FA Cup at Manchester City within three years.
He also won the prestigious “Golden Boy” award in Italy in 2010, following in the footsteps of Lionel Messi, Wayne Rooney and Cesc Fabregas.