Benitez Could Make Surprise Move For This Player


Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez wanted to bring in Middlesbrough center-back Daniel Ayala in the summer, but he was not available as manager Aitor Karanka blocked the move.

But it hasn’t gone unnoticed that Ayala has lost his starting position in the Middlesbrough team this season and the Sun is now reporting that Rafa could try to get the defender in during January.

Daniel Ayala – Middlesbrough center-back – on the bench

The once capped Spanish U21 International has made only six Premier league appearances for the team so far this season and it was Rafa Benitez who signed him as a 17 year-old for Liverpool back in 2007 after he rejected a professional contract from Sevilla.

It’s a little surprising he has lost his place after he was the star of the team last season during Middlebrough’s promotion drive.

It’s likely that Rafa will bring in another center-back in the summer and he may decide to get Ayala to Newcastle while he’s available – and that’s especially true if his price has dropped form the high £15M put on his head in the summer.

Turkish club Galatasaray are reported to be lining up a bid thought to be in the region £8M for the 6ft 3ins 26 year-old.

If he does manage to bring Ayala in this month he could even send Chancel Mbemba on loan to his former club Anderlecht, since they want him back on loan for the rest of the season according to reports in Belgium.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.



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8 comments so far

  • Jib

    Jan 5, 2017 at 7:00 PM

    Comment #1

    Benitez will sign this player at some time for NUFC.
    This window is as good a time as ever.

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  • Belfast

    Jan 5, 2017 at 7:05 PM

    Comment #2

    Essex Geordie Bill

    Gayle scored it and Gayle was offside. I hope that helps. 🙂

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  • Belfast

    Jan 5, 2017 at 7:07 PM

    Comment #3

    We don’t need a center back Ed.

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  • Mister Tuff

    Jan 5, 2017 at 7:14 PM

    Comment #4

    RUNAWAY777 – good evening- yes all is fine.

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  • RUNAWAY777

    Jan 5, 2017 at 7:16 PM

    Comment #5

    With two cb who are doing a good job apart from the odd blip now and then we need a midfielder who can spray ball around and a winger with speed to go passed other players then we my move forward but also try two up front nothing to lose in one game.

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  • Bobbybee

    Jan 5, 2017 at 7:16 PM

    Comment #6

    Yes, Arma chose to go there originally,as he had several offers. I can’t believe he chose to stay there however.

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  • Belfast

    Jan 5, 2017 at 7:18 PM

    Comment #7

    Maybe it’s just a case of Barnsleys bench being better than not getting on ours.

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  • RUNAWAY777

    Jan 5, 2017 at 7:32 PM

    Comment #8

    I will be surprised if where still in the cup after the weekend iam not saying that in a bad I way just think it’s 2nd best after the last game but would lv to see mitro score a hat trick

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