Transfer

Uncertainty over striker Benik Afobe's future alerting Championship and Premier League clubs

Mon, 14 August 2017, 12:19

Bournemouth could have a transfer tussle on their hands before the close of the window, with rumours and odds on striker Benik Afobe to leave the Premier League club for pastures new. What Are The Odds looks at the possibilities according to bookmaker Sky Bet.

Wolverhampton Wanderers are the favourites to bring Benik Afobe back to Molineux, with the 24-year old a favourite amongst Wolves supporters, with 48 appearances and 23 goals for the club. Afobe left Wolves for Bournemouth back in January of 2016 for around £10m and has done a solid job for the Cherries, and despite starting in the club’s weekend defeat to West Brom, Jermaine Defoe is expected to take his place as the number one striker when fully fit, leaving Afobe in a position where he could end up playing second fiddle to Defoe or having to leave for a starting spot.

Wolves would be a shock move for a player that is proven in the Premier League, however, the Midlands club have won both of their opening Championship fixtures and look like real challengers for promotion to the top-flight this season, so it could be a temporary drop down for more consistent playing time. Odds of 7/2 (4.50) are currently on-offer, but the price also suggests a transfer is not immediately forthcoming and may be one that gains traction should situations change in the next week or two at both clubs.

Swansea City are backed next at 7/1 (8.00) and if the Welsh club are actually interested then a lot will depend on the sale of Gylfi Sigurdsson and missing out on their apparent first striker target, Wilfried Bony at Manchester City.

The Swans seem to like to enjoy playing with a target man, e.g. Bony, Llorente and Gomis to name a few, and there’s no doubt Afobe would fit the bill. However, a lot will depend on  the club getting or not getting their top targets.

Britt Assombalonga’s move to Middlesbrough might have left some Nottingham Forest fans wondering what the season might hold for them, but with back-to-back victories Mark Warburton’s side could be positioning themselves early on as promotion candidates. Enter odds speculation that they too are interested in Benik Afobe should he be available, however long odds of 16/1 (17.0) shouldn’t give much credence to the move happening - not yet anyway.

Probability of Benik Afobe's next club

Next Club Benik Afobe Transfer Odds Probability
Wolves   7/2 22.22%
Swansea   7/1 12.50%
Nottingham Forest   16/1 5.88%
Middlesbrough   25/1 3.85%
Stay at Bournemouth   1/3 75.00%

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