Benik Is A Potter

Benik Afobe & Gary Rowett

BENIK AFOBE has become Stoke City’s second signing of the summer transfer window, the Club are delighted to announce.

The 25-year-old striker has moved to the bet365 Stadium from Wolves on a six-month loan but with an obligation to purchase him for an undisclosed fee in January.

Afobe spent the second half of last season on loan at Wolves from Bournemouth and scored six times as they stormed to the Championship title.

He completed a permanent switch to the Premier League new boys earlier this month but is on the move again as he becomes the second player to secure a move to the Potteries in the space of 24 hours, following the signing of Nigeria World Cup midfielder Oghenekaro Etebo.

Manager Gary Rowett added: “If there’s one signing you want to make to get you out of the Championship Benik is that kind of player.

“He’s an excellent character and at 25 he has bags of potential but has already shown what he’s all about by scoring a lot of goals. He fits the profile of how I want to play in terms of pace, athleticism, flexibility and he certainly has an eye for a goal.”

“The Club have worked incredibly hard to make the signings of Benik and Etebo happen and I think it shows how quickly we want to hit the ground running and the type of players we want to bring to the Club. Getting those two in the building is a fantastic start.”

Chief Executive Tony Scholes said: “Benik’s pedigree speaks for itself and he’s joining us at a time when he’s full of confidence having played a key role in helping Wolves secure promotion to the Premier League.

“He will be an excellent addition to our squad as we look to secure a return to the Premier League as soon as possible.”

Afobe started his career with Arsenal and after a string of loan spells he joined Wolves – for the first time – in 2015 and scored 22 goals in 46 appearances, prompting Bournemouth to pay £10million for his services a year later.