Benik Afobe: Wolves sign Arsenal striker for undisclosed fee

Benik Afobe
The most notable of Afobe's goals at MK Dons were the two he scored against Manchester United in the Capital One Cup

Wolves have completed the signing of young Arsenal striker Benik Afobe for an undisclosed fee.

The 21-year-old Londoner has scored 19 goals in 30 games since starting what was intended to be a season-long loan with League One side MK Dons.

But he has signed a three-and-a-half year contract to step up a level into the Championship with Wolves.

Meanwhile, striker Kevin Doyle, 31, has returned to Molineux from his half-season loan at Crystal Palace.

And forward Bjorn Sigurdarson, 23, has joined Danish side FC Copenhagen, managed by former Wolves boss Stale Solbakken, on loan until the end of the season.

Sigurdarson, signed by Solbakken in July 2012, made the majority of his 60 first-team appearances during his one full season with the club in 2012-13.

He is the second Wolves player to be reunited with Solbakken in quick succession, following right-back Kevin Foley's move to Copenhagen on Monday.

Benik's background
Born Waltham Forest, North London in February 1993, he joined the Arsenal youth academy when only six years old. He signed his first professional contract with the Gunners in 2010.
Of the 19 goals scored by Afobe while on loan at MK Dons this season, 14 of them have come at Stadium MK.
He has never played for Arsenal, but has had seven separate loan spells in the Football League - with Huddersfield Town (twice), Reading, Bolton Wanderers, Millwall, Sheffield Wednesday and MK Dons.

Afobe, who has twice featured for England Under-21s, joins Wolves after his most prolific spell in senior football.

Ten of his 19 goals this season have come in the league while he also struck twice in the 4-0 Capital One Cup win over Manchester United in August.

"He has a good scoring record in League One and is ready to step up to Championship football," Wolves head coach Kenny Jackett told BBC WM 95.6.

"I watched him come through and progress at Arsenal. He has proved an asset for MK Dons. He has got over his injury problems and is on a very good run. At 21, he fits into the bracket we are looking for that can improve us.

"He has the pace, power and goalscoring record that we need. He will help us in the second half of this season and the years to come."

Wolves moved back up to eighth, within a point of the Championship play-offs, thanks to Sunday's win at Blackburn, which extended their unbeaten run to six games.

But they are struggling for goals having scored only eight times in 12 games and, with Bakary Sako away on Africa Cup of Nations duty with Mali, the arrival of Afobe is timely.

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