Bournemouth looks ready to make another big signing in the January transfer window, with multiple reports claiming the Cherries are on the brink of splashing the cash for Benik Afobe.
The 22-year-old striker currently plays for Wolverhampton Wanderers in the Championship, signing with Wolves from Arsenal last season.
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The reports state Bournemouth has offered Wolves nearly $15 million for Afobe, which would break the club’s transfer record of $12 million paid for Tyrone Mings last summer.
Should Afobe move to the Vitality Stadium, he would join winger Juan Iturbe as the club’s second signing of the transfer window. Iturbe moved to Bournemouth from Roma on loan until the end of this season.
Afobe would help replace striker Callum Wilson, who scored five goals before tearing his ACL in September. Wilson is still the Cherries’ leading scorer despite playing just seven matches.
Afobe played for England last June in the Under-21 European Championship, and was part of the team that won the U-17 European Championship in 2010. At Wolverhampton, he has bagged 23 goals in 45 appearances, a great scoring rate for a young player.
The striker came up through the Arsenal academy although he never made an appearance for the Gunners’ first-team, spending five seasons on loan before moving to Wolves on a permanent deal last January.