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Confirmed: Benik Afobe leaves Wolves for Stoke in shock deal

By Tim Spiers | Wolves | Published:

Wolves have sold Benik Afobe to Stoke City in a £12million deal just days after signing him from Bournemouth.

Afobe has left Wolves for Stoke just 11 days after signing from Bournemouth (AMA SPORTS PHOTO AGENCY)

The striker rejoined the club on a 'permanent' basis on June 1, with Wolves spending £10m as they chose to take up the open they had on a striker who spent five months on loan at Molineux at the end of last season.

And now Wolves have made a quick £2m profit by selling him to the Championship Potters in a shock transfer.

The striker has officially joined Stoke on loan until January as a player cannot sign permanently for two clubs during the same transfer window. However Stoke have an 'obligation' to buy Afobe during the next window.

Sporting director Kevin Thelwell said of the deal: "We’d like to place on record our thanks to Benik for his unquestionable contribution to our promotion to the Premier League, and wish him the very best of luck at Stoke City.

“Whilst we decided to exercise the option in Benik’s loan deal from Bournemouth at the end of the season, Stoke City’s interest in signing him was very strong. The end result is positive for all parties.”

Stoke boss Gary Rowett was delighted to sign the 25-year-old.

He said: “If there’s one signing you want to make to get you out of the Championship Benik is that kind of player.

“He’s an excellent character and at 25 he has bags of potential but has already shown what he’s all about by scoring a lot of goals.

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"He fits the profile of how I want to play in terms of pace, athleticism, flexibility and he certainly has an eye for a goal.

“The club have worked incredibly hard to make the signings of Benik and (Oghenekaro) Etebo happen and I think it shows how quickly we want to hit the ground running and the type of players we want to bring to the club. Getting those two in the building is a fantastic start."

Afobe scored 22 goals in 46 appearances for Wolves before joining Bournemouth for £10m in January 2016.

The move didn't work out as all parties hoped and in January this year Afobe returned to Wolves for a five-month loan spell, with Wolves paying £1m and Afobe's wages in full.

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He was goalless in his first five substitute appearances but then netted in a 3-0 win at Leeds and would score six goals in his final 11 appearances of the season.

Former Arsenal youth player Afobe made no secret of his desire to stay with Wolves during his loan spell.

He said in March: "I'll have to sit down with my family but my dream has always been to play for Wolves in the Premier League so if that's to go by anything then hopefully that can happen.

"I've said this is home to me.

The striker, who revealed he cried when his initial Wolves loan return was sealed in January, added in April: "I’m not going to say too much but everyone knows how much Wolves means to me.

"I’ve always thought about (staying permanently), even the first day I signed."

Tim Spiers

By Tim Spiers
@tim_spiers_Star

Writes about Wolverhampton Wanderers Football Club for a living

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