Former Liverpool and Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli reportedly held talks over a shock move to Barnsley.
The controversial Italian striker is a free agent after his contract was terminated by hometown team Brescia.
Balotelli was a Premier League champion and FA Cup winner with City, after claiming three Serie A titles and a Champions League triumph with Inter Milan.
He left the Etihad for AC Milan in 2013, but the Italy international's career has been on the slide in recent years following spells with Liverpool, Nice and Marseille.
And the 30-year-old was recently offered to Barnsley, according to The Sun.
The publication says Balotelli's agent made contact with the Tykes co-chairmen Chien Lee and Paul Conway.
Both sides were reportedly interested in the move, which could have helped rescue Balotelli's career and fire the South Yorkshire side up the Championship table.
But the player ultimately decided he didn't fancy the move and is now considering other options.
Balotelli has been training with Serie C side Franciacorta as he ponders his next move.
His career has been dogged by controversy as well as criticism of his inconsistent form.
Last month he apologised for a remark he made while appearing on Italy's version of Celebrity Big Brother.
Balotelli had directed a crude joke towards contestant Dayane Mello during a guest appearance on the game show, in which his brother Enock is taking part.
Brazilian model Mello has previously said she was in a relationship with Balotelli, though he has denied the claim that the football star denies.
Balotelli was told by the Celeb Big Brother presenter that "Dayane wanted you in the house", and the striker stunned the audience by responding "Yes, but then she'd go 'stop, stop, it hurts'".
He burst into laughter following his comments, while those around him looked shocked – and he faced a furious backlash on social media.
He later apologised, writing on Instagram: "Girls, I apologise if anyone felt offended! I know Dayane well and we have a way of talking that might seem vulgar, but I care for her a great deal!"
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