By Sam Stone

24th Dec, 2022 | 2:10pm

Fabrizio Romano: Leeds United 'fighting' to prevent permanent Cody Drameh exit

Leeds United are now fighting to keep hold of Cody Drameh as further Premier League interest emerges in the right-back, according to The Guardian’s Fabrizio Romano.

Jesse Marsch has recently revealed of how impressed he has been with Drameh over the past month, with the 21-year-old “engaged” in the project at Elland Road (Leeds Live, 23 December).

Romano has suggested (via Twitter, 23 December) the American is eager “push again” to keep Drameh at the club with more playing opportunities on the horizon.

It’s believed Premier League duo Crystal Palace and Bournemouth have joined Newcastle United and Borussia Dortmund in tracking the right-back, with a loan move currently not an option.

Drameh isn’t the only player who’s being lined up by other clubs with DC United reportedly closing in on a move for midfielder Mateusz Klich [MLS Soccer].

Hotting up

Things are certainly starting to heat up when it comes to Drameh’s future, and it does now seem like a January move could well be on the cards. The full-back is clearly looking for more first-team opportunities and with Rasmus Kristensen Marsch’s go-to right-back, it’s hard to see where those minutes are going to come from.

At 21, he needs to be playing regular first-team football and unfortunately, he may not be able to achieve that at Elland Road. His contract is up in the summer of 2024, and Leeds could well be inclined to cash in on the young defender if he doesn’t sign a new longer-term deal.

Losing a younger player to a Premier League rival is never positive, but Leeds have a number of promising youngsters on their books. It’s impossible for every single youth player to be a success at a club and this could be a case of Drameh and the club excepting that it just isn’t going to work out on this occasion.

After Romano’s latest update, this is certainly one to keep an eye on for Leeds fans when the January window opens.

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