By George Overhill

14th Nov, 2022 | 6:10pm

Cody Drameh is a major transfer target for a January move from Leeds United with at least four teams now after him, Fabrizio Romano reports.

The 20-year-old made a name for himself last season with a highly-successful loan spell at Cardiff City, but has only featured twice for the first team back in West Yorkshire this season.

He has summer signing Rasmus Kristensen and Whites veteran Luke Ayling ahead of him in Jesse Marsch’s pecking order, and as such Romano says that clubs are now queueing up to take advantage by signing him in the winter window.

Writing on his personal Twitter account on Monday evening (14 November) he said: “Cody Drameh, attracting interest as many clubs are keen on signing him in January from Leeds.

“Borussia Dortmund, Lille and Bayer Leverkusen alongside Newcastle are following the English right back as talent for the future.”

Loss

This was always the danger when Drameh returned from Cardiff and was greeted by the equivalent of a brick wall back at Elland Road.

Ayling was injured to start the season and Kristensen took his time to settle in the side, but Drameh’s only Premier League appearance was in the 5-2 defeat at Brentford.

He struggled to impose himself that day in a defence that had a game to forget all round, and while he played the duration in the second round of the Carabao Cup, he was left out for the next round as Ayling was preferred and Leeds United were knocked out.

There is clearly talent there so it would be a definite frustration to see him walk out the door without ever getting a real chance to develop in the first team, but with opportunities hard to come by that could be what is now set to happen.

Dortmund has proven to be a favourite for developing stars, especially from England, after the success Jadon Sancho and Jude Bellingham have had in the Bundesliga, while Newcastle’s new Saudi-backed regime has taken a major leap and may be attractive, although Kieran Trippier is the clear starter there.

Under-21 talent has exploded into the senior side in attacking areas in recent weeks, but the same has not happened so far for Drameh so he may be minded to move.

Unless Victor Orta can convince him he has a strong future at the club then it may be best to let him move, although a decent fee and a possible buy-back clause should definitely be sought if so.

In other Leeds United news, a Sky Sports pundit appeared to accuse one key Whites man of giving up on the loss at Tottenham late on, calling him “stupid” for what he did.