EXCLUSIVE By Pete O’Rourke
Aston Villa are set to hijack Wolves’ attempts to re-sign Bournemouth striker Benik Afobe, Football Insider sources understand.
Wolves were hopeful of concluding a loan deal with a view to a permanent deal for Afobe after holding talks with Bournemouth over the weekend.
However, Villa have now enterted the race for Afobe with a well-placed source telling Football Insider that Steve Bruce’s side are keen to bring in the former Arsenal youngster to boost their promotion bid.
Villa have been chasing a new striker throughout this month’s transfer window as Bruce wants to strengthen his attacking options having lost last season’s top scorer Jonathan Kodjia to injury.
Villa lost out to Brighton & Hove Albion for Leicester City striker Leonardo Ulloa and they are now switching their attentions to Afobe, who looks set to leave Bournemouth before Wednesday’s transfer deadline.
Afobe is reported to have had a bust-up with Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe and Howe is ready to let him move on.
Villa do not have the funds to sign Afobe on a permanent basis this month and they are exploring a loan deal for the 24-year-old.
Wolves remain confident of securing a deal for Afobe with the player having enjoyed one year at Molineux between January 2015 and January 2016 before joining Bournemouth, but Villa’s late move has given the player a decision to make.