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Afonso Alves wants Middlesbrough move to escape racist abuse

Heerenveen striker Afonso Alves is moving to Middlesbrough to escape racist abuse.

The News of the World says the Brazilian striker, 27, is poised to join Boro in a £10million deal if he is granted a work permit.

Alves is keen to leave Heerenveen after a race row.

He was labelled a "little monkey" by fans and refused to attend a club function.

A spokesman for Alves slammed supporters for being "motivated by Nazi hallucinations."

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