Norwich City star to sign for managerless Middlesbrough

Middlesbrough are finally set to sign long-term target Daniel Ayala.

Managerless Middlesbrough have look set to push through a deal for ex-Liverpool centre half Daniel Ayala. They had previously come close to signing their man on two occasions; once in the transfer window where the club had come 'within 15 minutes' of signing Ayala and even printed a shirt with his name on the back. The other was last month before the QPR match-up.

Chairman Steve Gibson and chief executive Neil Bausor have moved quick since Mowbray’s dismissal to shore up the defence and have persuaded the Spanish defender to make the risky step to a managerless club.

The deal is speculated to be an emergency loan until January which will be extended to the end of the season in January.

What Middlesbrough fans expect of Ayala

He has proved himself capable at this level with loans to Hull City, Derby County and Nottingham Forest. Hull City was perhaps his most impressive loan, where the promising Liverpool player was quick to establish himself as one of the best defenders in the Championship. He joined Derby for the latter part of the season after they managed to snipe him away from Hull. He was less impressive but still managed to feature in most of the games for the East Midlands side. He then signed for Norwich permanently on their promotion to the Premier League and made a promising start despite not getting much playing time. Nottingham Forest managed to strike a deal to take him on a season long loan but he failed to impress featuring very little over the course of the season.

The 6ft 3in centre back will be looking to prove himself further now, turning twenty-three on the 7th November he will want to try and make the most out of his career and the loan to Middlesbrough can be good for both parties.

A relaxed, footballing centre half – he has been known for the odd mistake but he is as good as anyone on his day. Very strong despite his build and capable in the air he will do enough to shore up the Middlesbrough defence as they look to climb the table.

Unfortunately he comes with a pretty sizable injury list despite his age and known to be favourable to a ‘rash’ challenge which could be good for a red-card or two, there is a chance of some down-time in ability to appear in games.

What do Middlesbrough fans think about their long-term target? Do you think the chairman and chief executive should be signing players?

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