He may have fired home the penalty that clinched AFC Wimbledon’s play-off final victory over Plymouth Argyle yesterday, but Adebayo Akinfenwa has already parted company with the Dons, with Cheltenham Town leading the race to capture ‘the Beast’.
A nightmare for defenders, the imposing former Gillingham hitman netted eight times in the 2015-16 season, including crucial strikes in the play-off semi-final and final, to send the Dons into League One – but now he’s looking for a new club.
Following the Wombles’ Wembley triumph, the 34-year-old told interested managers to “hit me up on Whatsapp”, and it seems his comments caught the attention of one opposition manager.
And while we can’t confirm that old-school Robins’ gaffer Gary Johnson has ever used the popular messaging app for so much as a badly-lit selfie, he is the frontrunner to snap up the free agent at 3/1.
Fellow League Two newboys Grimsby Town are 5/1 to bring the sizeable striker to Blundell Park.
Liverpool round out the betting, with Akinfenwa 100/1 to realise the dream of playing for his boyhood idols. No doubt many Liverpool fans would tip him to net a few more goals at Anfield than current target-man Christian Benteke has mustered.
A Ladbrokes spokesman said: “We could see Johnson and the Beast become the most memorable pairing of next season which would certainly be a fairytale for Cheltenham fans.”
“Meanwhile, Akinfenwa would turn from cult hero to ultimate villain at Wimbledon if he heads to Milton Keynes this summer.”
Ladbrokes Latest Betting:
Adebayo Akinfenwa – Next Club Odds
Cheltenham – 3/1
Grimsby – 5/1
Crawley – 7/1
Wycombe – 7/1
Plymouth – 7/1
Portsmouth – 10/1
Leyton Orient – 10/1
Luton – 10/1
Northampton – 12/1
Eastleigh – 12/1
Gillingham – 16/1
MK Dons – 20/1
Liverpool – 100/1
All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.