It may be one of the most bizarre potential transfers in recent seasons, but Benik Afobe is closing in on a move to Stoke City, less than a week after he completed a permanent deal that saw him sign for Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Afobe spent the second half of the season on loan at the Black Country club, helping them win the Sky Bet Championship title and earn promotion back to the Premier League.

And just four days ago, he was rewarded for his performances, joining Wolves for a fee of £10 million.

However, days later he emerged as a shock transfer target for recently relegated Stoke City, and it seems that a deal is edging ever closer.

Sky Sports tweeted earlier, confirming that Stoke were in advanced talks to sign the striker for £12 million, meaning that Wolverhampton Wanderers will be making a small profit on the fee they paid for Afobe last week.

Stoke City are currently preparing for life back in the second tier of English football after their 10 year stay in the Premier League was ended.

The Potters finished 19th in the top flight, three points from safety and now face at least one season back in the Sky Bet Championship.

They will want to bounce back straight away, and the signing of Benik Afobe alongside the appointment of Gary Rowett would be quite a statement to the rest of the league.

On the other hand, Wolves have been linked with a move for Portuguese international striker Andre Silva, but face competition from a number of clubs around Europe for the AC Milan striker.

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