The Sunday People is reporting today that Newcastle have had one bid rejected for 22 year-old Wolves and English Youth International striker Benik Afobe.
Benik was born in Leyton and has played 38 times for the England Youth sides and twice for the England U21 side and in those games he’s scored 23 goals, and he’s the type of player Newcastle like to sign, since he will only get better on Tyneside.
He was a member of the England squad who won the 2010 UEFA European Under-17 Championship in May of 2010.
Benik Afobe – Wolves 22 year-old striker
The People report by former Chronicle reporter Alan Oliver suggests that Newcastle will try to get the young striker through the door before the transfer window ends on September 1st.
And if Newcastle can get the former Arsenal youth player through the door, then we suppose Newcastle could let Papiss Cisse leave the club, since we will have Mitrovic, Perez, Afobe and Riviere as out-and-out strikers.
Afobe has done well at Wolves, and he’s scored 16 goals and had 5 assists in 25 appearances, since he joined the club in January from Arsenal for a fee believed to be around £2M.
The youngster spent time while on Arsenal’s books on loan at Huddersfield, Bolton, Milwall, Sheffield Wednesday and MK Dons where he played a total of 129 appearances with 25 goals and 17 assists – so he can make goals as well as score them.
He has contract which has three years to run at Wolves and we assume Newcastle want to pay around £5M for the 22 year-old?
He looks a top young striker and he would be a good signing for us if we can get him through the door, and better value than Charlie Austin for £15M.
And we would also like a top defender brought in before 6pm on Tuesday September 1st when the transfer window slams shut.
What do you think?