Benik Afobe & Gary Rowett

Benik Afobe has been announced as Stoke City’s newest signing, despite only signing a permanent deal at Wolves just eleven days ago.

Afobe was part of the squad for a record-breaking promotion season at Molineux and despite signing a full-time deal with the club on June 1st, the striker has left for Stoke on an initial six-month loan deal.

The permanent move for the forward was an option triggered from his loan deal last season, but the Premier League club have found no place for him and he returns to Championship football.

The DR Congo international could end up at the Bet365 Stadium on a long-term contract as the Potters also have a clause in the deal which allows them to make it permanent in January.

Kevin Thelwell, the sporting director at Wolves, was full of praise for 25-year-old stating: “We’d like to place on record our thanks to Benik for his unquestionable contribution to our promotion to the Premier League, and wish him the very best of luck at Stoke City.”

“Whilst we decided to exercise the option in Benik’s loan deal from AFC Bournemouth at the end of the season, Stoke City’s interest in signing him was very strong the end result is positive for all parties.”

Stoke manager Gary Rowett is excited about his new addition and sees him as a key part of his Potters plans.

He said: “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.”

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