RUMOUR MILL: Norwich City defender Dani Ayala wanted by Middlesbrough on a permanent deal

Norwich City's on-loan defender Dani Ayala could be set for a permanent Middlesbrough move. Picture: Peter Reimann/Evening Gazette Norwich City's on-loan defender Dani Ayala could be set for a permanent Middlesbrough move. Picture: Peter Reimann/Evening Gazette

Monday, January 20, 2014
9:26 AM

Norwich City’s on-loan defender Dani Ayala is poised to extend his short term stay with Championship club Middlesbrough ahead of a possible permanent move to Teeside.

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Ayala’s current loan deal runs out on Thursday but talks are at an advanced stage between the two clubs to extend Ayala’s spell at the Riverside with Boro officials reportedly keen on a potential transfer deal for the Spanish centre-back.

The 23-year-old was again instrumental in the Teesiders’ 1-0 Championship win over struggling Charlton at the weekend and reports in the north-east on Monday claim Boro chief executive Neil Bausor has discussed a range of options with City which include a loan until the end of the season and a permanent transfer.

“We’re near to a deal to keep him,” said Boro boss Aitor Karanka. “The club is working to keep him here, and he is an important player for me. The most important thing is that the club are doing everything they can. Would it be another loan or a permanent signing? We are working on lots of options.”

Karanka admitted earlier this month Ayala is a player who could have a big part in Boro’s revival.

“We are working to keep Dani here because he has made great strides,” said Karanka. “But he needs to keep working. If he thinks he’s a better player than he is then he will make the mistakes he has made in the past.”

The 23-year-old has yet to make a first team appearance at Norwich under manager Chris Hughton since moving to the club from Liverpool in August 2011. Ayala spent the majority of last season on loan at Nottingham Forest and has so far made 13 appearances for the Teesiders.

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16 comments

  • Just had a look at Wiki. It has Chris Martin down for 15 goals in 23 games up to the end of December. Not bad.

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, January 20, 2014

  • I just hope we get some cash for him, Mattias - IF he leaves. The club took quite a risk on him, as he had a long term ankle injury, quite a bad one, I believe. If he is only contracted until end of this season, I cannot see anybody wanting to pay for him just now. Though we did pay Leeds for Howson in similar circumstances (Ken Bates`s "no-brainer"). I think we got Bradley `FOC` though. Then Bates quoted "the lad can`t play anyway". Ya-boo!

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, January 20, 2014

  • Tried to find out his contract status; no luck. Interestingly, Wikipedia has our Captain as one Robert Snodgrass! Since Ayala signed in August 2011, I imagine he`ll be out of contract in August this year, unless he signed an extension? We paid the Scousers £800,000 for him. Reportedly. I wonder what`s to become of David Fox and Andrew Surman? I think they both have some contract left.

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, January 20, 2014

  • Tell em its £4.5m, and they can have Snodgrass too. Simples. Next!

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    Bill Punton's bald patch

    Monday, January 20, 2014

  • Apparently he`s good at angling, Bill. A Master Baiter.

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, January 21, 2014

  • I have to say i find Daniel Ayala's lack of first team football baffling. Hughton said himself that Ayala had looked 'very good' in pre-season and he seems to have had a good run of games at Boro, suggesting he is over his injury problems. Our defence hasn't exactly been tight this season and Ayala for me is by far the best ball playing centre back at the club. His passing is crisp and he can ping a ball onto someones foot from 40 yards effortlessly. I'm not an expert but i would have tried pairing him with Bassong. One good pass from a CB and you're on the attack again. I think we'd have more posession with him in the side and he should be given a chance.

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    Canary101

    Monday, January 20, 2014

  • I think we'll say goodbye to Ayala, Fox, Surman in the window and possibly Pilks, Wes and Becchio. I think E Bennett is out of contract in the summer too but can't see anyone taking him while he remains injured.

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    richard1

    Tuesday, January 21, 2014

  • Hughton said a similar line to what he did regarding Vaughan when he first arrived after Lamberts depature. He wanted him to go away and show he can back up his potential by not getting injured as well. Sadly Dani spent huge part of last season injured & Forest got the double blow of having to take the awful Ellott Ward on loan to cover Dani while injured. While he hasnt been as injury prone this season im not hearing rave reviews regarding Ayala sadly from the boro fans but I do feel Championship is about right for him at the moment. I certainly wouldn't have him over Bennett, Turner or Bassong, however sketchy there forms been at times. Did hear the list of players out of contract in the summer but cannot remember them for the life of me. Pilks was certainly there & I do believe Ayala was.

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    Mattias333

    Monday, January 20, 2014

  • Good luck to him, would have liked to see him back and given a bit of a run out. had the makings of a good back. Especially as we need some cover Hope it works out for him,

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    Goldie Boy

    Monday, January 20, 2014

  • Ideally he wouldnt be injury prone as technically hes got some good attributes for a centre back. Can pass the ball out rather than hoofing it. Tall and a threat at set pieces. Sadly though he has a fair few negatives against him. Extremely injury prone and sadly is the kind of player who always has a costly mistake in him. If his contract ends at the end of the season lets get some money for him now instead of him just being yet another player who cost us money that we let go for nothing.

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    Mattias333

    Monday, January 20, 2014

  • OMG, Mattias. Does that mean Pilks will be leaving for zilch?? Vaughan`s had a bit of injury this year, but he`s the feisty type of "pitbull" player who is bound to pick up knocks. he`s Huddersfield`s top goalscorer. I believe it`s likewise for Chris Martin at Derby. Dear old Jamie Cureton`s still knocking them in for Cheltenham Ladies College!

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, January 20, 2014

  • Wise words, Mattias333. When we first signed Dani, I had a peek at the Liverpool fans` website or local message boards or something, and there were a lot of people sorry to see him leave the Scousers. His baptism of fire in the Prem included errors, a daft penalty and injuries. He wasn`t alone on the error front! With us being down to 3 frontline CBs (1 injured) + Kafu, I would think Hoots would hang on to Dani if he thought he could make it. Not sure how much contract he has left.

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, January 20, 2014

  • Ha, the lovely Bates, master of nothing

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    Bill Punton's bald patch

    Monday, January 20, 2014

  • I just hope we get some cash for him, Mattias - IF he leaves. The club took quite a risk on him, as he had a long term ankle injury, quite a bad one, I believe. If he is only contracted until end of this season, I cannot see anybody wanting to pay for him just now. Though we did pay Leeds for Howson in similar circumstances (Ken Bates`s "no-brainer"). I think we got Bradley `FOC` though. Then Bates quoted "the lad can`t play anyway". Ya-boo!

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, January 20, 2014

  • I have to say i find Daniel Ayala's lack of first team football baffling. Hughton said himself that Ayala had looked 'very good' in pre-season and he seems to have had a good run of games at Boro, suggesting he is over his injury problems. Our defence hasn't exactly been tight this season and Ayala for me is by far the best ball playing centre back at the club. His passing is crisp and he can ping a ball onto someones foot from 40 yards effortlessly. I'm not an expert but i would have tried pairing him with Bassong. One good pass from a CB and you're on the attack again. I think we'd have more posession with him in the side and he should be given a chance.

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    Canary101

    Monday, January 20, 2014

  • Pilks would go for nothing unless a new deal negotiated or he leaves in this window. I was 100% positive Hoots wanted rid of him following his twitter outburst and then Hughtons signing of Gutierrez yet he was picked to come on against Hull oddly. Then again it could've been putting him in the shop window. I dont know. Just hope he stays injury free.

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    Mattias333

    Monday, January 20, 2014

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