Chris Hughton has reportedly turned down a return to the Premier League with Watford and emerges as an option to replace Jonathan Woodgate.
Eddie Nketiah only played 15 minutes as Marcelo Bielsa's Championship table-toppers Leeds United battered Boro at Elland Road.
Boro have won just three Championship games this season and were thumped 4-0 away at Leeds United on Saturday.
Marcelo Bielsa’s Leeds United won against Middlesbrough at Elland Road on Saturday.
Leeds United host Woodgate's Middlesbrough at Elland Road on Saturday, the Whites cult hero pitting his wits against Marcelo Bielsa.
The Leeds United linked Ayala is one of seven senior Middlesbrough players who could leave on free transfers next summer.
Boro reportedly wanted to sign Poland international Kamil Grosicki from Championship rivals Hull City over the summer.
Boro have won just two out of 14 Championship games since Jonathan Woodgate replaced Tony Pulis as manager at the Riverside.
The Baggies will travel to Teesside this weekend as Slaven Bilic's table-topping WBA charges will face Jonathan Woodgate's struggling Boro side.
Jonathan Woodgate needed a win but Boro could only manage a 1-1 draw with Championship rivals Preston North End on Tuesday.
Liverpool will be taking part in the Club World Cup in Qatar - but the Reds will also be contesting the League Cup quarter-final against Aston Villa the same week.
Tottenham Hotspur's defence could do with some re-tooling.
The Arsenal goalkeeper has been busy this season.
Sadio Mane is arguably Liverpool's most important player, at this moment in time.
Leeds United are sitting in the automatic places in the Championship table.
Liverpool maintained their unbeaten record in the Premier League this season when they saw off Everton last night.
Everton and Arsenal continue to be linked with Marcelino.
Marco Silva is reportedly under pressure at Everton.
Steven Gerrard's Glasgow Rangers are in cup final action this weekend and Ibrox left-back Borna Barisic is a doubt for the encounter.
David Moyes is not the only man being looked at by Premier League strugglers Everton - Monaco's Jardim and Ajax coach Erik Ten Hag are also options.
The Newcastle United centre-back has wasted little time impressing his new fans.
Former Arsenal midfielder Abou Diaby's admission that injuries left him mentally and physically scarred proves how cruel the game can be. But which other players have suffered such heartbreak?
Barcelona defender Thomas Vermaelen has endured a nightmare start to life in Spain.