By Russell Edge

10th May, 2018 | 10:30am

Report: Wolves lead hotly fought race for £12m-rated hitman wanted by PL rivals

Wolverhampton Wanderers are currently heading the hotly fought transfer chase for Benik Afobe but are still yet undecided over whether to splash out the £12million Bournemouth are demanding, according to a report.

The Mirror claim on their website that Afobe, 25, is keen to remain at Molineux after rejoining the club on loan in January, firing home six goals to help them to secure the Championship title and promotion to the top flight.

With a host of Wolves’ new Premier League rivals said to be chasing the hitman’s capture this summer, Nuno Espirito Santo is claimed to be mulling over making his temporary return permanent, with the queue for his capture growing behind him ahead of the summer.

Football Insider verdict

With the money that Wolves have backing them, courtesy of the Fosun group’s multi-billion pound fortune, there is no issue over the price tag that Bournemouth have slapped on Afobe’s head this summer. Where there is a real problem is the quality he has. Having struggled with the Cherries in the top flight, he has dropped down into the Championship and found things pretty comfortable. Does this mean he has found his level in the second tier, or were Bournemouth simply not using the striker to his strengths? That is for the Wolves boss Nuno to figure out, and it is likely why they have not yet triggered a deal to turn his temporary deal into a permanent one. Could he bring in a better striker to Molineux? With the sort of money at his fingertips, the answer is likely a resounding ‘yes’ and if that is the case, then Afobe should be allowed to leave the midlands club one again and head somewhere that he is guaranteed first team football.

In other Wolves transfer news, the club are plotting a sensational £34million swoop for a top flight striker.

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