Wolves should seek Cherries duo Kermorgant and Tomlin as part of any Afobe deal with Bournemouth

Bournemouth are closing in on a deal for Benik Afobe, reports claim.

According to the latest reports in the Telegraph, Bournemouth are close to signing Wolverhampton Wanderers striker Benik Afobe in a club record £10 million deal.

The reported figure on one hand represents a good deal for Wolves, considering how much they spent for the striker only 12 months ago when he arrived on a permanent basis from Arsenal.

However, it leaves the Championship club without their focal point up front and around three weeks to find a potential replacement – no easy task with clubs aware of their need for a new striker.

The West Midlands outfit need an injection of quality via an addition or two, and they could do worse than look at members of Bournemouth’s squad who aren’t getting games.

The first name which Wolves should consider is French star Yann Kermorgant, a player who featured so heavily during the Cherries’ promotion campaign as he scored 15 league goals.

Aside from his ability to find the net, the experienced centre-forward is extremely dominant in the air and a wonderful target man – ideal for a Wolves team who love to get the ball wide and play crosses.

The 34-year-old is out of favour on the South Coast, making just six substitute appearances thus far, and with another striker set to arrive he will be pushed further down the pecking order.

While Kermorgant would represent only a short-term option for Wolves, a better long-term option is another player on the peripherals of the first-team, summer signing Lee Tomlin.

The talented attacking player joined Bournemouth from Middlesbrough in the summer. However, with just three league starts to his name, his chances of breaking in to the team appear slim.

Tomlin is in need of games and a drop back down to the Championship seems possible.

Capable of playing in a number of positions in the final third, Wolves would be wise to at least ask the question of the 26-year-old in terms of a loan or a potential permanent switch.

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