Newcastle United transfer target Cody Drameh is reportedly likely to leave Leeds United before the January transfer window closes – but only on loan.
That is according to Leeds Live, who believe that the 21-year-old will probably leave Elland Road on a temporary deal this month, with plenty of interest likely to come from the Championship.
That is of no use to Newcastle, who have been linked with a permanent deal for the young right-back. It was reported last year by the Daily Mail that the Magpies were interested in Drameh, with the likes of Borussia Dortmund and Lille also keen.
The defender had clubs queuing up for his signature, despite the fact he can’t get in Jesse Marsch’s side. Drameh has only made one Premier League appearance all season, while he did recently make a cameo off the bench in Leeds’ FA Cup draw with Cardiff City.
The situation involving Drameh’s future has not been clear at all. It was first reported that he wanted to leave due to a lack of first-team football, and that an exit was likely. Then there was a change of plan, with Fabrizio Romano stating that Leeds were suddenly fighting to keep him at the club, with Marsch set to offer him first-team opportunities. It was also reported that a loan move was not an option.
Now that appears to be back on the cards, with Leeds Live believing that a loan exit is now on the cards before the transfer window slams shut next Tuesday night.
Cody Drameh update another blow in Newcastle’s right-back pursuit
A loan move is not going to suit Newcastle. We are looking for a long-term option who can eventually replace Kieran Trippier on the right of defence. The only way a deal like that could be possible is if it included an option or obligation to buy at the end of the season.
That feels unlikely given how highly Leeds rate Drameh, meaning the Magpies are going to have to look elsewhere for a right-back.
Our bid to secure backup for Trippier has already taken a dent this week. It was reported by the Athletic that Ivan Fresneda will now choose between joining Arsenal or Borussia Dortmund, despite being heavily linked with a move to St James’ Park.
A deal for the Spaniard is no longer being pursued, while it sounds like Drameh might not be an option anymore either.
That leaves us with Harrison Ashby, the West Ham youngster who was stopped from joining Newcastle last summer.