Middlesbrough appear to be making some long awaited headway in signing the Brazilian international striker Alfonso Alves from Dutch first division club Heerenveen. Football-Corner Blogspot has reported that the deal will be completed in the next 24 hours but the amount of transfer fee has not been verified.
Boro manager Gareth Southgate told the club’s official website:
We’re still in talks with Heerenveen and we’re hoping that within the next 24 hours we can conclude an agreement with them, and then of course there are things like work permits to get through. I feel the signing of Alves would be a terrific one for Boro. Alves is a quality goal striker that scores bag full of goals. Alves is 26-years old and has scored more goals than he has played for the Dutch club and I’m sure Boro fans will be hoping he can produce the same at the Riverside.
Alves is highly rated in the Netherlands and is also a full Brazilian international. While Middlesbrough may not be the club that he would like to stay for a long time it is certainly a good platform to construct his reputation in the Premiership and maybe then move onto a bigger club.