The worst January transfer signings

Posted Wednesday, January 06, 2010 by The Independent

Afonso Alves (Heerenveen to Middlesbrough, £12m, 2008)
Being a top scorer in the Dutch league seems to prove nothing. For every van Nistlerooy at Manchester United, there's a Mateja Kezman at Chelsea. And being Brazilian is no guarantee either. Perhaps Boro manager Gareth Southgate thought that one or the other would prove his huge investment in Alves right. But no - from 45 goals in 39 games in Holland to nine goals in 29 games in England, Southgate had been sold a pup.

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