FORMER Wanderers loanee Benik Afobe has travelled to Turkey to complete a loan move from Stoke City to Trabzonspor.

The 27-year-old striker spent last season with Bristol City and had several issues with injuries but had returned to the Potteries in the summer with the hope of reviving his career in the Championship.

He played against Blackpool in the Carabao Cup but was left out of the squad completely to play Millwall at the weekend.

He touched down in Turkey yesterday amid busy scenes at the airport, where media had gathered to get pictures of Trabzonspor’s new arrival.

Afobe has moved for more than £35million in transfer fees during his career during spells at Bournemouth, Wolves and Stoke but it was as a youngster at Arsenal that he was loaned out to Bolton in 2012 under Owen Coyle.

He scored a hat-trick against Tranmere Rovers in a pre-season friendly but struggled in the Championship, scoring just three times.

After a goal in defeat at Crawley in the League Cup, Afobe netted in a 2-2 draw at Wolves and in a memorable rain-soaked 5-4 defeat at Peterborough United but was quickly cast aside by Dougie Freedman when he replaced Coyle as Bolton boss.

He made his final Wanderers appearance as a substitute for Chung-Yong Lee in a 1-1 draw with Millwall in December 2012.

Trabzonspor are currently managed by ex-Chelsea midfielder Eddie Newton, who had previously acted as assistant at Chelsea, West Brom and MK Dons to Roberto Di Matteo.