By Tony Hughes
Former Arsenal striker Benik Afobe has agreed a £10million move to Bournemouth, Football Insider sources understand.
The south coast club will break their transfer record to land the Wolves front man, who transferred from the Gunners for just £1.8million 12 months ago.
The deal represents a huge profit for the Championship club and is even more of a coup given that Afobe has not been a regular starter at Molineux in recent weeks.
Bournemouth manager Eddie 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.
Howe has moved swiftly for Afobe in a bid to fend off competition from Norwich and a source close to the situation has told Football Insider that the Cherries are confident of making the 22-year-old their second signing this month.
Wolves feared the 10-goal striker 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.
Speaking on Friday, he said: “It’s a difficult window for us as we’ve been hampered by injuries in key areas. It’s a seller’s market and we’ll wait and see but as like most clubs find it, it is a difficult window to recruit in.”