Newcastle transfer news: Magpies want to sign Cody Drameh from Leeds
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Newcastle transfer news: Magpies want to sign Cody Drameh from Leeds

Newcastle United reportedly want to sign Leeds United youngster Cody Drameh.

That’s according to the Daily Mail, who claim that the Magpies are tracking the 20-year-old heading into the January transfer window.

Drameh is a right-back, and is currently struggling for minutes at Elland Road under Jesse Marsch. He was signed by Leeds from Fulham in 2020, but is yet to have an impact in the Premier League.

That could lead to him leaving in January, and Newcastle are one of the clubs who are seemingly keen to snap him up. The Daily Mail state that Borussia Dortmund are also interested. They are looking to replicate the Jadon Sancho and Jude Bellingham deals.

The fact that Dortmund are keen is a good indication of Drameh’s potential. They have their finger on the pulse so often when it comes to talented youngsters.

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Now Newcastle are looking to do the same, and are also interested in signing the inexperienced defender.

Newcastle want one for the future in Drameh

Drameh is not the first young right-back who Newcastle have targeted in recent times. They also made a move for West Ham’s Harrison Ashby during the summer. However, Dan Ashworth was unable to finalise a deadline day deal.

The Magpies are still on the lookout for someone in that position, and have now turned their attention to Drameh. The fact he is only 20-years-old is appealing, as it means he wouldn’t need to be named in Eddie Howe’s 25-man Premier League squad.

Drameh has barely featured for Leeds this season, making just one appearance in the Premier League. He started on that day, when Marsch’s side lost 5-2 to Brentford.

But while his one and only league outing didn’t go to plan this season, he was much better in the previous campaign. Drameh went on loan to Cardiff, where he was named their Player of the Season and Young Player of the Season.

He certainly impressed then-manager Steve Morison, who described Drameh as a ‘Duracell Bunny‘ running up and down the flank. That’s the kind of energy that is needed to be a modern day full-back, and it’s why Newcastle have one of the best in the business right now.

Howe’s first-choice right-back is currently Kieran Trippier. He has been a star since joining Newcastle, and has arguably been our best player this season.

But he is 32-years-old, meaning the Magpies will need to think about having a long-term replacement. And that could be Drameh.

He has the potential, and training alongside Trippier could really help develop his game. He might not feature immediately if he moves to Newcastle, but with the right coaching and attitude he could eventually take the £12million man’s place when the time comes.

This is the kind of forward-thinking we can expect to see from the club from now on.