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Stoke City Announce Signing Of Congolese Striker Benik Afobe

Stoke City have confirmed the signing of former Wolverhampton striker Benik Afobe

Stoke City have confirmed the Congolese striker is set to move to the club on a loan basis, although the deal stipulates the club have an obligation to buy the 25-year-old forward on a permanent basis for an undisclosed fee in January 2019.

Benik Afobe spent the second half of the 2017/18 season on loan with Wolves, scoring six goals in 16 games as Nuno Espírito Santo’s men gained promotion to the Premier League, passing Stoke on the way.

Subsequently, new Potters’ boss Gary Rowett viewed the Congo international as an ideal candidate to help his side achieve promotion back to the Premier League on the first attempt.

Speaking on the new signing, 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.

“The club have worked incredibly hard to make the signings of Benik and [Oghenekaro] Etebo happen and I think it shows how quickly we want to hit the ground running and the type of players we want to bring to the Club. Getting those two in the building is a fantastic start.”

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