Alves Signing Completed

Last updated : 31 January 2008 By Sam
The 27-year-old Brazilian striker has signed for a club record fee of just over £12million and has penned a four-and-a-half year contract at The Riverside.

"I'm delighted to have completed the deal," manager Gareth Southgate told the club's official website.

"As usual at this time of the year, it was a late night but Afonso brings us something different in that he is a goalscorer who does much of his best work inside the box.

"His goalscoring record in Holland in particular but in Sweden too has been prolific. We hope he will reproduce that sort of form for us in The Premier League."