Boro step up Alves interest

25 January 2008 07:07
Middlesbrough boss Gareth Southgate has revealed he has made an approach to sign Heerenveen striker Afonso Alves. The Brazilian hitman has been linked with moves to several clubs across Europe this season but had seemed set to join AZ Alkmaar after supposedly signing a deal to join them in January. However, the Dutch FA has revealed that deal is not binding and Alves is under no obligation to join AZ. Alves has now reportedly held talks with Boro over a £10million move to the Riverside Stadium. "It means he's available now which wasn't necessarily certain before that ruling," Southgate told the club's official website. "It's one of a couple of deals we're trying to negotiate with clubs and hopefully we'll be able to do some business before the end of the month. "I hope we will have a stronger squad this time next week than we have now, but if not then I know we have a strong team and we're playing well right now." Meanwhile, Southgate has denied reports that Boro have received offers for Stewart Downing and Jonathan Woodgate and were willing to sell the duo in the transfer window to Tottenham and Newcastle United respectively. He added: "It doesn't annoy me because there is nothing you can do about it. "Teams will speculate, teams might try to bid for your players - as yet, they haven't - but you get enquiries about your players all the time. "I am not under pressure to sell anybody and nobody leaves the club unless we think it is the right thing for the club."

Source: ESA