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DR Congo forward Benik Afobe joins Stoke City from Wolves

DR Congo forward Benik Afobe joins Stoke City

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Stoke City have announced the signing of forward  on a six-month loan deal from Wolverhampton, with an obligation to complete the transfer in January.

The news comes 11 days after Wolves triggered an option to buy Afobe on a permanent basis following the end of his six-month loan deal from Bournemouth.

He joined Wolves for a fee around £10 million after helping them secure promotion to the top-flight. During his loan stint, the 25-year-old forward scored six goals in 16 appearances.

And now he has signed for newly relegated side Stoke City on a six-month loan, which will become a permanent next January, with the Potters paying £12 million.

Stoke City manager Gary Rowett 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,” he added.

The Arsenal youngster becomes the club’s second African signing in the space of 24 hours, following the arrival of Nigeria World Cup midfielder Oghenekaro Etebo.

Afobe first joined Wolves in January 2015 and scored 23 goals before completing his move to Bournemouth a year later. He left to Wolves again on loan in January 2018 after lack of game time at Bournemouth.

He played a part in the Wolves’ title-winning campaign and helped the team secure promotion to the Premier League.

Afobe, who represented England at youth level since 2005, switched allegiance to DR Congo in March 2016. He made three appearances for the DR Congo national team, since making his debut against Congo in June 2017.

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