By Sam Stone

1st Dec, 2022 | 1:10pm

Leeds United exit could be on hold as Newcastle close in on West Ham youngster Harrison Ashby

Cody Drameh’s Leeds United future has been a bone of contention in recent weeks with the 20-year-old full-back attracting interest from the Premier League and Europe.

The Guardian’s Fabrizio Romano has suggested (via Twitter, 14 November) Borussia Dortmund, Lille, Bayer Leverkusen and Newcastle are all following the right back. With Rasmus Kristensen being Marsch’s go-to at the moment, Drameh has seen a lack of Premier League minutes.

His current deal expires in the summer of 2024, and it’s been suggested (Yorkshire Evening Post, 28 November) Leeds have taken his latest contract extension off the table, with a January departure likely.

Newcastle seemed like a suitable destination for the youngster with the Premier League heavyweight looking to add some younger talent to their ranks. However, after a recent development in the North East, Drameh’s move to St James’ Park could now be unlikely.

90min suggest Harrison Ashby’s move from West Ham United to Newcastle “will happen” for a “nominal fee” and that could well see the Magpies end their interest in Drameh. Ashby operates in the same position as the Leeds youngster, and if he does move to Eddie Howe’s side, it’s unlikely they will want to recruit another full-back.

It’s a tough situation for Leeds, with the club obviously reluctant to lose one of their brighter young players to a Premier League rival. Nonetheless, Kristensen cost the Whites a considerable amount, and it’s highly likely he will be first choice for the majority of the season.

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As for Drameh, a January exit could have just become a little less straightforward, with a move to a European club potentially the most likely outcome.

In other Leeds United news, a first-team defender may not have long left at Elland Road after “Awful” footage emerges from this month, making a January transfer imperative.