Teesside talisman set for Stadium of Light switch

Middlesbrough striker Afonso Alves has revealed he would be interested in a move to Portuguese giants Benfica at the end of the season.

The Brazilian front-man only joined Gareth Southgate's side in January 2008 from Dutch side Heerenveen for £12 million, and has scored 10 Premier League goals in 35 appearances.

However, just four of those have been netted in 2008/09 with the Teesiders sitting second bottom of the league, while their tally of 20 goals all season, comfortably, makes them the lowest scorers in the top four divisions of English football.

And having learned that Benfica are interested in recruiting his services, the 28-year-old has admitted that a move to the Estadio da Luz (Stadium of Light) would appeal to him. "Benfica is a great club," he told the Record. "It's a kind of club that any player would want to play for."

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