Benfica set to land Middlesbrough striker Alves

Benfica are set to land Middlesbrough striker Afonso Alves.

The Sun says the striker, 28, will quit the Riverside even if Boro beat the drop.

Gareth Southgate paid a club-record £12.7million to sign him from Heerenveen in January last year.

But they will pocket less than half that sum when they off-load the Brazilian to Portugal.

Alves — contracted until the summer of 2012 — is keen to quit after failing to settle in the North East. He hit only 10 goals in 40 league outings.

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