Benik Afobe to Bournemouth: Latest Transfer Details and Reaction

Gianni VerschuerenFeatured ColumnistJanuary 10, 2016

WOLVERHAMPTON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 21:  Benik Afobe of Wolverhampton Wanderers during the Sky Bet Championship match between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Brentford at Molineux on October 21, 2015 in Wolverhampton, England.  (Photo by James Baylis - AMA/Getty Images)
James Baylis - AMA/Getty Images

Talented Wolverhampton Wanderers forward Benik Afobe officially completed his move to Bournemouth on Sunday, joining the club for an undisclosed fee, per the Cherries' official Twitter account

Sports writer Pete O'Rourke indicates Bournemouth paid more than £8 million for the young forward, which would set a new club record. 

Afobe has enjoyed a strong 2015-16 campaign in the Championship, scoring nine goals in 23 starts, per He has established himself as an up-and-coming attacking prospect, and per Wolverhampton's official website, his determination to prove himself at the highest level led to the move:

In the face of significant pressure, Wolves turned down a number of substantial bids for Benik from a Premier League club in the previous transfer window. 

Since that point in the summer, until the present day, Benik has regularly re-stated his desire to leave Wolves and to test himself in the top flight at the earliest opportunity. 

Afobe is Bournemouth's second signing of the January transfer window, with Roma star Juan Iturbe joining the Cherries on loan earlier in the month.

He could form a deadly partnership up front with Callum Wilson, who could return from his ACL injury during the second half of the 2015-16 campaign, per Andy Mitchell of the Bournemouth Daily Echo. Bournemouth have suffered a number of injuries to attacking players, so it shouldn't come as a surprise the club is targeting talents such as Afobe and Iturbe.