By 90Min
July 19, 2017

​Championship club Wolverhampton Wanderers are reportedly the favourites in the battle to sign Bournemouth striker Benik Afobe, ahead of the likes of midlands rivals West Brom.

According to the​ Express and Star, bookies have given Wolves the most favourable odds to capture the signature of Afobe, valued at £8m, who previously played for the club during the 2015/16 season.

WOLVERHAMPTON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 21: Benik Afobe of Wolverhampton Wanderers and Alan Judge of Brentford challengefor the ball during the Sky Bet Championship match between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Brentford at Molineux on October 21, 2015 in Wolverhampton, England. (Photo by Matthew Lewis/Getty Images)
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However, although being tipped as the favourites, it is believed that Wolves in fact have no intention of signing the DR Congo international, lending credibility to the opinion that the latest change in odds from bookmakers is just merely speculation.

Despite the seemingly uninterested official stance of his former side, many Wolves fans may still have fond memories of Afobe's time at Molineux after he netted 22 goals in just 46 appearances.

Many may also remember the somewhat acrimonious way in which the 24-year-old left the club for Bournemouth however, with his former employers accusing him of forcing a move to a Premier League team.

DERBY, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 18: Benin Afobe of Wolverhampton Wanderers FC celebrates after scoring Wolverhampton Wanderers FC equalising goal during the Sky Bet Championship match between Derby County and Wolverhampton Wanderers at Pride Park Stadium on October 18, 2015 in Derby, England. (Photo by Daniel Smith/Getty Images)
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With veteran front-man Jermain Defoe now at Bournemouth, Afobe will have to compete with Callum Wilson and Josh King as well as the England international for regular game time if he stays on the south coast. 

Thus, a transfer to another club is potentially still on the cards, but it remains to be seen where Afobe's eventual destination will be if he does leave.


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