Jackett speaks on Palace and Baggies' chances of signing reported target Afobe

Crystal Palace and West Bromwich Albion have been linked with Wolverhampton Wanderers striker Benik Afobe recently.

Wolverhampton Wanderers boss Kenny Jackett appears to have ruled out any chance of Benik Afobe leaving Molineux this summer with his comments on the club's official website.

Afobe has been linked with Crystal Palace and West Bromwich Albion in the Daily Star, but Jackett says that he has no interest in cashing in on the frontman.

Instead, he wants to build his Wolves team around Afobe's talents for the years to come and insists that he will be at the club next season.

"We haven't had any bids or approaches for him from any clubs," Jackett said.

"He has only just come to us and we want to build a team around him and for him to help us keep improving. Yes we want to do well in these last seven games but we will only do well as a club if we keep improving short term and long term. Keeping our best players is a big part of that."

Wolves would be disappointed to lose Afobe so soon after securing his signature, but it is testament to the start that he has made with the Midlands outfit that he is attracting Premier League interest.

Afobe has scored eight goals in his first 14 games for Wolves, with the side already getting the best out of the rapid striker.

Afobe joined from Arsenal in January and has helped to fire Jackett's side up the Championship table, with Wolves now harbouring ambitions of claiming a play-off spot.

If they are able to make it into the top-six it would cap a remarkable season, but even if they don't it seems that the side are firmly on the up from Jackett's comments today.

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