Afonso Alves quits Boro for Qatar

Brazil striker Afonso Alves, Middlesbrough's 12 million pounds record signing last year, is leaving for Qatari club Al-Sadd.

Al-Sadd said on their website Alves had signed a three-year contract. The fee was undisclosed.

The 28-year-old joined Boro in January 2008 from Dutch club Heerenveen and started brightly with six goals in his first 11 games before the end of his first Premier League season.

However, he only scored four times in 31 league matches last term as Middlesbrough were relegated.

He is the fourth international to leave the north-east club in recent weeks following the departures of England's Stewart Downing, Turkey's Tuncay Sanli and Germany's Robert Huth.

Boro's website said the Alves deal was complete apart from the receipt of the official paperwork.