Arsenal striker Benik Afobe close to signing for Wolverhampton Wanderers

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Wolverhampton Wanderers manager Kenny Jackett has confirmed that he's very close to concluding a deal to sign Arsenal striker Benik Afobe, after agreeing a fee with the Gunners for the England under-21 international last night.

Afobe will cut short a season-long spell with League One promotion hopefuls MK Dons if he can agree personal terms with Wolves, while also formally ending an association with Arsenal that dates back nearly 15 years.

The young hotshot joined Arsenal's academy at the age of six and progressed towards first-team contention as a teenager, but has failed to follow close friend Jack Wilshere into Arsene Wenger's first-team plans and will now look to prove his worth by stepping up the Championship in 2015.

Jackett thinks Afobe's a perfect fit

Arsenal have decided to take their final chance to cash-in on Afobe, with the 21-year-old's current Gunners contract expiring at the end of this season.

A whole host of Championship clubs including former team Huddersfield Town have expressed an interest in signing Afobe, but Jackett has confirmed Wolves are in the boxseat to complete something of a transfer coup after meeting Arsenal's asking price for a man who scored twice in quick succession against Manchester United earlier this season.

Time to move on

Jackett revealed to BBC West Midlands Radio that he's tracked Afobe for some time, explaining: "He has a good scoring record in League One and is ready to step up to Championship football.

Jackett added: "He [Afobe] has proved an asset for MK Dons. He has the pace, power and goal-scoring record that we need. He has got over his injury problems and is on a very good run.

"I watched him come through at Arsenal and watched his progress up to the current time. At 21, he fits into the bracket we are looking for that can improve us. He will help us in the second half of this season and the years to come."

Wolves are confident Afobe will sign on the dotted line early this week, immediately boosting their options with a prospect that already has 19 goals to his name this season.

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