Exclusive: Wolves table sensational £15m bid for PL striker, club respond
EXCLUSIVE By Pete O’Rourke
Wolves have had a sensational £15million bid rejected by Bournemouth for striker Benik Afobe, Football Insider sources understand.
Wolves have been searching for a new striker all summer as Nuno Espirto Santo looks to bring in a proven spearhead to add to his squad and Afobe has been among their top targets.
A well-placed source has told Football Insider that Wolves have firmed up their interest in Afobe with their deadline day bid, which is a huge sum for a Championship club.
But Bournemouth have rebuffed their overtures, with Eddie Howe’s side reluctant to lose the player after a difficult start to the new season.
Afobe enjoyed a successful spell at Wolves before his move to Bournemouth, scoring 22 goals in just 46 appearances for the club after arriving from Arsenal.
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Afobe struggled for game time at Bournemouth last season, making only 14 Premier League starts and scoring six goals for the Cherries.
The 24-year-old has found himself pushed further down the pecking order at Bournemouth this season following the arrival of England international Jermain Defoe on a free transfer from Sunderland this summer.
Afobe started last weekend’s defeat to Manchester City on the bench and a number of clubs have been keeping tabs on his situation on the South Coast.
In other Wolves transfer news, bitter rivals Leeds have lined up a late-window ambush for a Molineux ace.