Leeds United advanced talks over Cody Drameh sale fail as right-back rejects Hull City
Birmingham City won the race for Cody Drameh after Championship rivals Hull City failed to agree personal terms with the Leeds United defender, according to Beren Cross.
The LeedsLive reporter posted on his personal Twitter page on Friday [1 September] that Hull had been in advanced talks regarding a permanent deal for Drameh.
However, as previously reported by Fabrizio Romano on Friday [1 September], the 21-year-old will now join Birmingham on an initial loan with the option of a permanent move, meaning it is unlikely Leeds will recoup any sort of transfer fee.
Cross tweeted: “It will be Birmingham City for Cody Drameh today. Season-long loan with an option if they want him before he hits the market as a free agent.
“Hull were advanced on a permanent deal, but couldn’t agree personal terms.”
The fact that Drameh was attracting intense interest – there were likely clubs beyond Hull and Birmingham also in for his signature – says a lot.
While he may not have been able to make an impact at Elland Road, Drameh impressed during loan spells at Cardiff City and Luton Town.
Indeed, he was named the Welsh club’s Player of the Season in 2021-22, showing he is more than capable of performing at this level.
His path to a regular first-team spot at Leeds was further blocked by the signing of Djed Spence on loan, though, and he is now moving on.
Given Drameh is out of contract at the end of the campaign, it is a rather disappointing end to his time in West Yorkshire. And it is also rather criminal Leeds are not getting any money for the defender.
From a selfish point of view, having the youngster provide cover from the bench, while starting the occasional game, would have perhaps made more sense.
But he clearly wants to be playing regular football and he now has the chance to do exactly that at Birmingham.
Hopefully this is not a move Leeds live to regret.
In other Leeds United news, Ola Solbakken has reportedly made a decision on his future amid links with the Whites.