Another Spaniard that has been linked with a move over the past few days. The current Boro man may be reluctant to drop back down a division so soon after securing promotion, but a reunion with his compatriot Benitez – who gave him his senior debut when at Liverpool – may be what tempts him to make the short journey north. Boro’s Premier League status after this coming season is by no means certain so Ayala may fancy making the move while the going’s good. That said, there’s no guarantee Newcastle will be heading back up either.
Likelihood: File this one under ‘unlikely’.