Gareth Southgate amd his tombstone teeth, oversized tongue, massive lips, and huge nose have decided that it would be prudent to spend some dosh on a half decent striker, and the half decent striker that Gary Southgate is after is Afonso Alves. The Daily Mail reports that Chairman Steve Gibson with Southgate and his grotesquely oversized facial accoutrements in tow met representatives of the Heerenveen hot shot. And Boro are poised to spend £12million on the Brazilian in a bid to pip fellow suitors Man City and AZ Alkmaar to the post.
After losing both Yakubu and Viduka in the summer and having to make do with a pretty barren strikeforce (aside from the hard working Tuncay) Southgate likes the look of Alves, and so does the Daily Mail who crow:
“The striker, who has eight Brazil caps, scored regularly for Orgryte and FC Malmo in Sweden before joining Heerenveen two years ago.
“He was top scorer in Holland last season with 34 goals and has continued his rich vein of goalscoring form this season, netting 10 goals including the fastest hat-trick in Eredivisie history.”
So will Alves be able to save Middlesbrough from their rotten Premier League position?