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Norwich City defender Dani Ayala poised for Middlesbrough loan extension

PUBLISHED: 11:45 06 January 2014 | UPDATED: 11:53 06 January 2014

Norwich City's Dani Ayala is a man in demand at Middlesbrough. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Norwich City's Dani Ayala is a man in demand at Middlesbrough. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

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Norwich City’s on-loan defender Dani Ayala is wanted by Championship club Middlesbrough for an extended stay on Teeside.

Talks have opened between the two clubs with a view to extending Ayala’s three month loan stay which is set to end on January 24, but Boro boss Aitor Karanka wants to keep Ayala at the Riverside.

The Canaries will be without Michael Turner for the forseesable future after Chris Hughton confirmed following the weekend’s FA Cup 1-1 draw against Fulham he had suffered a hamstring strain. Fellow central defender Sebastien Bassong was also absent with a minor knock but is expected to be in contention for the Premier League trip to Everton, with Hughton forced to pair Russell Martin alongside Ryan Bennett against the Cottagers.

Ayala was omitted from Boro’s FA Cup third round defeat to Hull City on Saturday but the Spanish defender featured regularly over the festive period.

“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 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 11 appearances for the Teesiders.


  • If he stays longer ,he runs the risk of having to sit out the Middlesboro' ,City matches next season. In the Championship.

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    Monday, January 6, 2014

  • The last time he played for the first team he actually looked very good but then got injured shortly afterwards and that I fear is his main problem, too many weeks spent with the medical team. We need a centre half who can feature most if not all games thereby getting a settled defence.

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    Tuesday, January 7, 2014

  • he is as good if not better than whats at carrow why not use him instead of throwing more millions away.agood backup until hughton is finally sacked.the team manage to do JUST enough to save him at the moment.He had his chance last summer to spend and look whats happened-zilch

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    harry mcardle

    Monday, January 6, 2014

  • Well, to be honest Harry, he was fairly crep when he played for us. Let's hope he continues to progress, and then in a year or so, resume this conversation

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    Bill Punton's bald patch

    Monday, January 6, 2014

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