The Sun says Afobe's time at Bournemouth could be up after he was drawn into a row over a PEN.
He was almost struck by the unlikely flying missile when Howe went into an animated discussion after the FA Cup defeat at Wigan.
Details are a bit sketchy but Howe seemingly lost control of the pen while making a point about the way his side had lost so poorly.
It flew from his grasp, rebounded off a wall and headed for Afobe.
Howe is thought to want to draw a line under the incident — but Afobe, 24, took exception to the episode and he missed last week's trip to West Ham with the row escalating out of hand.
The Cherries were looking to sell the forward before the comical clash and his reaction has just made his exit all the more likely.