Date: 13th June 2018 at 7:00am
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Hot on the heels of Gary Rowett’s first signing as manager of Stoke City, he has now completed his second capture of the summer as we plan for life back in the second tier of football.

Stoke City Make Their First Summer Signing

Given the earlier speculation surrounding Benik Afobe and his overnight stay back at Wolverhampton Wanderers after they signed him this summer from Bournemouth, he has now completed his expected move to the Bet365 Stadium.

Becoming our second signing in the last 24 hours, following on from Nigerian World Cup midfielder Oghenekaro Etebo, Rowett was delighted with his capture, believing he would help fire us back to the Premier League.

“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 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.”

The deal sees Afobe technically loaned to City until the January window, wherein his deal will become permanent and we are obligated to buy him for a so far undisclosed fee. It is believed to be £12million however.

The majority of Wolves fans wished him well as the move was announced, and they backed him to find the net for us. That was, of course, music to Stoke fans ears.

Here’s what Wolves fans had to say.

In outgoing news, Egyptian winger Ramadan Sobhi has left for Huddersfield Town in a deal revealed by the club as being worth £5.7million for us. He made 46 appearances for us in his two years at the club, scoring three times.

It represents a small uplift on our initial reported signing fee but it’s fair to say few will miss him, even if they think he didn’t suit Mark Hughes style of play.

 

2 Replies to “Can New Stoke City Signing Be Our 20 Goal A Year Man As Winger Departs”

  • You clay heads have just booked your ticket back
    I really rate Afobe.. really effective and direct striker . Plays off the shoulder and lethal given the right ball . I wish we d kept him . Most wolves fans will be keeping an eye on him , he’s got a lot to prove and prove it he will at championship level and above . I think he will eventually be an England striker
    Good luck to Stoke City

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