Phil Hay: Leeds United could be set for compensation package after confirmed Cody Drameh transfer exit
Leeds United could be set for a compensation package from Cody Drameh’s loan exit to Birmingham City providing they tie him down to a new contract, according to Phil Hay.
The Athletic journalist, taking to his personal Twitter account (1 September) shares that the Drameh to Birmingham deal involves a loan fee with the West Midlands outfit paying a loan fee.
Birmingham confirmed the signing of the 21-year-old defender who had only been handed just 22 minutes on the pitch this season by new Whites manager Daniel Farke.
And according to Hay, Leeds could be set for a compensation fee because of his age, despite him being out of contract next summer.
He wrote: “Drameh deal involves a loan fee, with Birmingham paying all of his wages.
“Because of his age, Leeds can secure a compensation fee despite him being out of contract next summer, provided they offer him a new deal.”
Drameh has not had the best time of things at Elland Road since returning from a loan spell with Luton Town, with his only Championship appearance this term – a substitute appearance against Ipswich Town – which saw him make a costly mistake.
The 21-year-old has showcased his talent elsewhere, having also caught the eye during a spell with Cardiff City, but he will now look to find regular football away from West Yorkshire with Birmingham City now handing him a fresh new opportunity.
Following the signing of Tottenham defender Djed Spence on loan, Drameh could have seen his game-time severely limited despite his success at Luton Town, and it was a shame he couldn’t return there on loan to further his development in the Premier League, but a deal never materialised.
It’s always a real shame to see a talented Elland Road youth product depart the club but it seems as if the Whites are due a healthy cash boost should they tie him down to a new deal but whether Drameh wants to secure his future at Elland Road remains uncertain.
Let’s see how he fares in the West Midlands. Good opportunity for him.
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