Report: Benik Afobe in line for permanent Wolverhampton Wanderers transfer

Nuno Espirito Santo, Manager of Wolverhampton Wanderers reacts during The Emirates FA Cup Third Round Replay between Swansea City and Wolverhampton Wanderers at Liberty Stadium on January...

Afobe returned to Wolverhampton Wanderers from Bournemouth last month.

Benik Afobe of AFC Bournemouth during the Premier League match between Stoke City and AFC Bournemouth at Bet365 Stadium on October 21, 2017 in Stoke on Trent, England.

Benik Afobe is in line for a permanent transfer to Wolverhampton Wanderers from Bournemouth, according to the Daily Mirror [February 8 printed edition, page 57].

Afobe returned to Molineux on deadline day, two years after his £10 million move in the opposite direction.

And the Daily Mirror understand there is a clause in the deal allowing Wolves to turn his stay into a full-time arrangement.

Afobe came off the bench for the final 13 minutes of Wolves' 3-0 win against Sheffield United on Saturday, and may have to fight for a starting place, with Ivan Cavaleiro and Diogo Jota on form.

Diogo Jota (L) of Wolverhampton Wanderers celebrates after scoring their second goal during the Sky Bet Championship match between Wolverhampton and Bristol City at Molineux on September...

A start like last time?

One player who will be looking over his shoulder, however, is Leo Bonatini, who has failed to add to his 12-goal haul in as many matches - and was relegated to the substitutes' bench for Wolves' last two.

Should his chance arrive in the coming weeks, Afobe will hope to replicate the start he made after arriving at Molineux in January 2015 - which saw him score 13 goals in 21 games.

Benik Afobe of Wolves celebrates scoring the second goal during the Sky Bet Championship match between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Sheffield Wednesday at Molineux on March 17, 2015 in...

The former Arsenal trainee also found the net four times in his first 15 Premier League outings for Bournemouth, but only has six in 48 since then.

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