Middlesbrough could cash in on Daniel Ayala this January, according to a report by TEAMtalk.
A trio of Championship clubs are lurking after being alerted to Ayala’s contract situation. With his current deal expiring next summer, Middlesbrough might be forced to sell him in January to avoid losing him for nothing.
Leeds United, Fulham and Stoke City are all reportedly keen on Ayala. The Championship trio believe they can land Ayala for a cut-price deal. With Middlesbrough struggling in the league, this would be another blow for Jonathan Woodgate’s men.
Ayala has played over 200 games for Boro since joining from Norwich City in 2014. The 29-year-old is a regular at the back for Middlesbrough but they cannot afford to keep him.
Middlesbrough fans flocked to Twitter to express their disappointment at this latest news. After 16 games, Boro are in the relegation zone and have been poor this season. Losing Ayala would knock the confidence even more.
Here are some tweets from Boro fans after Ayala was linked with a January exit.
We also can’t afford to let him go on January. If we let him go we left with around 14 players, 7 of which aren’t good enough and a manager who is inept. This could be the start of W very difficult demise for us. We desperately need change.
— Liam (@LJD1989) November 10, 2019
Of the out of contract players there are only two who we should make serious efforts to keep. Ayala is one. The other? Friend. And the rest? Goodbye.
— John Bowman (@otherfinemess) November 10, 2019
Just announce relegation
— Bry Reed (@BryReed87) November 10, 2019
Ayala is (in my opinion) a proper Boro player.. he needs to stay 😣
— SEDGEMAN 🙌 (@AntonSedgeman1) November 11, 2019
100% offer Daniel Ayala a new contract , also sign Ben Gibson on loan , make a move for Marcus Maddison
— Kevin Hughff (@kevinvanhughff) November 11, 2019
Shocking if true
— Craig Hatton (@CraigHatton26) November 10, 2019