Stoke City have signed Wolverhampton Wanderers striker Benik Afobe on an initial six month loan deal, but with an obligation to buy in January.

Afobe only joined Wolves on a permanent deal this month, but have quickly sold him on to Stoke City.

New Stoke boss Gary Rowett has already said that he is planning on buying players who have previously performed well in the Championship, and Afobe fits the bill.

Goals were a key reason as to why the Potters suffered relegation from the Premier League last season, as Xherdan Shaqiri topped the goalscoring charts with 8.

However, he appears to be on his way out of the club and the goalscoring burden will be put on Afobe’s shoulders.

Afobe spent the second half of last season on loan at Wolves from Bournemouth and scored six goals for the league winners.

He becomes Stoke’s second signing of the window after the acquisition of Nigeria World Cup midfielder Oghenekaro Etebo.

Speaking to the club website, Gary Rowett 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.”

Stoke will be aiming for an instant return to the top flight next season and will be hoping Afobe can fire the Potters up the Championship table.


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