Wolves are close to securing a deal to sign Bournemouth striker Benik Afobe, according to a report.

Sky Sports claim on their live transfer centre blog (12:05pm, 30 May) that the Championship title winners are set to trigger a £12.5million release clause to secure his services on a permanent basis.

It is understood that Wolves’ talks to sign the 25-year-old are at an ‘advanced stage’ as they look to wrap up a deal following their return to the Premier League.

Bournemouth originally signed Afobe from Wolves back in 2016 for £10million, but he returned to Molineux on loan in January to score six goals in 16 games as they got over the line for Championship promotion.

The centre-forward will now get another cracked at the Premier League with Wolves and is set to be a part of Nuno Espirito Santo’s plans.

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Afobe’s record in the Premier League stands at a moderate 10 goals in 63 games, something he will have to improve on dramatically if he is to be a regular starter at Wolves next season. He has a far more prolific record when playing in a Wolves shirt and he will hope to transfer that form into the top flight. Afobe can play an important role in the squad if his deal goes through, but there is still a feeling they may need another addition in attack to fire in the goals next season. Nuno should consider splashing out on a proven goalscorer to lead the line for his side and picking up someone with Premier League experience would be an added bonus. Afobe definitely still has the potential to become proven at the top level, but is far from that right now and there is a slight risk with forking out £12million to get him.

In other Wolves transfer news, they are in the hunt to sign a £1.7million-a-year playmaker.

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