BENIK OFF-OBE!

£10m Wolves ace is on his way to Howe’s Cher­ries

The Football League Paper - - FRONT PAGE - By John Lyons

WOLVES striker Benik Afobe is the lat­est Cham­pi­onship star head­ing to the Premier League – with Bournemouth set to wrap up a £10m trans­fer.

The 22-year-old joined Wolves for £2m from Arse­nal a year ago and has scored 23 goals in 48 ap­pear­ances for the Mid­lands out­fit.

Wolves say they re­luc­tantly ac­cepted the Cher­ries’ of­fer and boss Kenny Jack­ett said: “It’s a good profit but it’s a miss be­cause he’s our top scorer and it’s now about try­ing to find for­wards that make the dif­fer­ence.”

Bournemouth man­ager Ed­die Howe said: “He’ll bring strength, power and hope­fully goals.”

Last week, Birm­ing­ham winger De­marai Gray joined Premier League high-fly­ers Le­ices­ter for £3.75m.

Mean­while, Bolton boss Neil Len­non is set to lose striker Zach Clough, 20, to a Cham­pi­onship ri­val with Bris­tol City and Sh­effield Wed­nes­day linked with a £3m swoop.

“We don’t want him to go be­cause I think there’s a lot more foot­ball in him to come and we want to bring him on a bit more,” said Len­non.

“But the cir­cum­stances we find our­selves in as a club means that money dic­tates what we’re do­ing.”

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BABY-FACED AS­SAS­SIN: Martin Sa­muelsen cel­e­brates giv­ing League One side Peter­bor­ough an early lead in their su­perb 2-0 FA Cup win against Cham­pi­onship out­fit Pre­ston North End

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