Bournemouth fans will be buying a round of drinks to celebrate the news that their club have signed 22-year old Benik Afobe for an undisclosed fee.
The striker joins the newly-promoted Premier League club from Wolverhampton Wanderers in a four-and-a-half year deal rumoured to be worth around £10 million, which surpasses the previous club record of £8 million paid to Ipswich last summer for defender Tyrone Mings.
Afobe arrived at Wolves from Arsenal a year ago and Bournemouth fans will be relishing the prospect of Afobe playing for their team, as since then he has netted an impressive 23 goals in 48 games for the Championship outfit.
The Englishman becomes the Cherries’ second signing of the January transfer window after the club signed winger Juan Iturbe on loan from Serie A side Roma.
Speaking to the official Bournemouth website, Afobe admitted that his latest transfer has ‘been a long time coming’. But despite his impressive goal tally during his time at Wolves, the 22-year old admitted that he still has a lot more to offer and can still develop:
“I have come here and I’m not saying I’m the finished article or the best that I’ll ever be, because I know that I’ve got a lot to work on.”
Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe claimed that Afobe would ‘bring strength, power and hopefully goals’, whilst chief executive Neill Blake pointed out that Afobe’s ‘outstanding progress’ has been ‘difficult to miss’.
With Bournemouth having lost striker Callum Wilson and winger Max Gradel for the entire season to long-term injuries at the beginning of the current campaign, they felt that they needed to bolster their attack with real goalscoring potential.
Wolves rejected offers from Norwich for the striker in the summer, but the club ‘reluctantly’ accepted a bid from Bournemouth on Saturday. A statement from the club read:
“Benik has regularly re-stated his desire to leave Wolves and to test himself in the top flight at the earliest opportunity. Faced with this difficult situation, and with circumstances now changed for Wolves, Wolves were left with little other option than to reluctantly accept the substantial bid.”
Bournemouth fans, can Afobe be the striker to kick-start your season and take you up the table? Let us know in the comments below!