Afobe Set to Leave Bournemouth – Wolves and West Brom Interested


Bournemouth are ready to prune their squad as they head into 2018 with Benik Afobe, 24, one of those pencilled in to leave Dean Court, according to HITC.

Once considered the brightest prospect in Arsenal’s academy, Afobe rose quickly through the English game after he left the Emirates in search of regular first team football.

Joining Wolves for a fee of £2m in 2015, he went on to make 48 appearances, scoring 23 goals for the Black Country side. The striker was a firm favourite with fans but his £10m departure from Molineux to Bournemouth was acrimonious.

Then-head of football development and recruitment Kevin Thelwell claimed: “Benik was no longer trying to play for us. That was undermining everything we were trying to achieve”. The club’s CEO Jez Moxey turned the screw further when he declared that Afobe “insisted on moving. We were forced into doing a deal that we didn’t want to do”.

The player refuted those allegations and with Thelwell still at the club, a reunion with the Molineux faithful seems unlikely.

Bitter West Midlands rivals West Bromwich Albion are also interested in the DR Congo international.

Afobe left Wolves to prove himself in the top flight and is determined to do the same on leaving Bournemouth after scoring just ten goals in his 47 appearances for the Cherries.