Arsenal academy graduate completes medical to seal move ahead of Tuesday debut
By Tony Hughes
Former Arsenal striker Benik Afobe has completed a Bournemouth medical as he puts the finishing touches to his £10million transfer, Football Insider sources understand.
The south coast club agreed a fee with Wolves on Friday for the front man, who transferred from the Gunners for just £1.8million 12 months ago.
Afobe underwent a medical at Bournemouth on Sunday morning and the Premier League club are hopeful of finalising the paperwork on the deal in the next 24 hours.
Cherries manager Eddie Howe has pencilled Afobe in to make his debut in Tuesday’s Premier League clash against West Ham.
The deal will break Bournemouth’s transfer record and represents a huge profit for Championship club Wolves.
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Howe has made a proven forward a priority signing in the January transfer window after losing Callum Wilson for the season with a torn cruciate ligament.
Afobe has not been a regular starter at Molineux in recent weeks but has scored 10 goals this season, including nine in the league and 23 in 48 matches since joining the club from Arsenal.
Speaking on Saturday after Bournemouth knocked Birmingham out of the FA Cup, the Bournemouth manager said: “A deal has been agreed. There are still hurdles for us to overcome but we hope he’ll sign in time for Tuesday night.
“He’ll bring strength, power and hopefully goals. We’ll be excited to see him [for Bournemouth] if the deal gets completed.”
Howe has moved swiftly for Afobe in a bid to fend off competition from Norwich. Wolves feared the Arsenal academy graduate would be leaving in January after Norwich had a succession of bids rejected in the summer but Bournemouth have now won the race for the former Gunner.
The deal for Afobe will top the club’s previous transfer record, the £8million paid out for Tyrone Mings when he joined from Ipswich last June.
Howe has already captured Argentine winger Juan Iturbe on loan from Roma until the end of the season.