By Sean Fisher

2nd Dec, 2022 | 12:45pm

West Ham United in hunt to sign Leeds United sensation Cody Drameh

West Ham have joined the race to sign Cody Drameh after his failed contract talks with Leeds United, according to TeamTalk journalist Graeme Bailey.

Drameh has made just two appearances for the Whites this season, and the 20-year-old has grown frustrated with the lack of game time available at Elland Road.

Rasmus Kristensen and Luke Ayling sit above Drameh in Jesse Marsch’s pecking order, and it seems the academy star could look to leave the club after failing to agree to a new contract.

The Daily Mail have previously reported Newcastle United’s interest in the Leeds full-back, but Bailey adds that Premier League rivals West Ham are also in the hunt.

“Leeds have been in talks with Drameh about a new contract but they have not been able to agree terms and now that is off the table, both seem to be accepting that a new deal is unlikely,” Bailey told TeamTalk.

“Newcastle, West Ham and Crystal Palace see him as one for the future, whilst there are the likes of Middlesbrough and Norwich in the Championship who I am told also like him.

“However, the 20-year-old does have options abroad – I am told that the options are plentiful and not just Borussia Dortmund and RB Leipzig but from clubs in France and Italy too.”

Regret

The amount of interest in Drameh’s signature shows just how promising his future is. Clubs across Europe are already circling ready to pounce for the 20-year-old.

Leeds should be taking note and increasing their efforts to tie Drameh down in Yorkshire. Ayling is in the twilight years of his career and will likely leave soon, and there are still doubts over Kristensen’s ability to be a starting right-back.

In just a few months, Leeds could find themselves desperately short in the right-back position and they’ll be full of regret if they find out Drameh is shining for West Ham.

If Marsch has to promise more game time in the second half of the season then so be it. Drameh’s current contract runs until 2024 so there’s still time for Leeds to convince him to stay.

Marsch has been brilliant at nurturing youngsters into the first team during his time at the club – it’s time for him to drop his Kristensen bias and prioritise the future with Drameh.

In other Leeds United news, the Whites want to send Joe Gelhardt on loan to the Championship in January