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Leeds braced for abundance of January bids as three European sides join Newcastle in pursuit of sparsely-used star

Cody Drameh

Leeds are facing the prospect of receiving several bids for Cody Drameh in January after Newcastle were joined by three clubs in wanting to sign him, according to Fabrizio Romano.

Drameh was hoping to force his way into Jesse Marsch’s squad this campaign after impressing while on loan at Cardiff in the second half of last season. However, the signing of Denmark international Rasmus Kristensen from Red Bull Salzburg pushed Drameh down the right-back pecking order.

Not only would Drameh have to get past Kristensen to put himself in the starting eleven, he would also have to leapfrog experienced defender Luke Ayling. To make matters worse for Drameh, Stuart Dallas is also in the squad. He suffered a broken leg in May though and is yet to play this term.

Drameh has been given just two senior appearances during 2022-23. Clearly, he needs to leave Elland Road if he wants to pick up more game time at a high level.

Usually this would involve a loan move in January, given the fact Drameh is a highly rated 20-year-old and Leeds don’t want to lose him.

However, there is now the possibility of the England U21 international leaving West Yorkshire on a permanent basis. On Saturday, the Daily Mail claimed the full-back to be on Newcastle’s wish list.

The Magpies are apparently looking to pounce on Drameh’s uncertainty at Leeds by taking him to St James’ Park.

But Newcastle will not have it all their own way. Transfer guru Romano provides his information on Drameh and claims the race for his signature is hotting up.

Cody Drameh wanted by teams across Europe

Three European teams are now pushing to sign him from Leeds this winter. The first of these is German outfit Borussia Dortmund. They sit sixth in the Bundesliga table, nine points behind leaders Bayern Munich.

BVB are also in the Champions League round of 16 after finishing second in Group G. They will play Chelsea in the next round.

Dortmund are joined by French club Lille in wanting Drameh. They were the Ligue 1 champions two seasons ago but lost their crown to PSG last term. And Lille may struggle to qualify for Europe as they currently sit seventh in the French top flight.

The third and final European club to join Newcastle in wanting Drameh is Bayer Leverkusen. They are enduring a poor campaign, occupying 12th place and seven points behind Dortmund in sixth.

All of these teams are recognisable throughout Europe and would be great moves for Drameh to complete.

Dortmund in particular have shown they are able to develop young players into world-class stars. Just look at what they did for Erling Haaland and Jude Bellingham.

Due to this, Dortmund would probably be Drameh’s best option if he were to prioritise his development.

But if the London-born defender wants to challenge himself, then he could make the move to Newcastle.

Howe will need a new right-back once 32-year-old Kieran Trippier runs out of steam. And given the fact Newcastle are in third right now, moving to Tyneside could result in Drameh playing Champions League football in the future.

Meanwhile, Romano has given an update on a Chelsea player’s contract talks amid claims Newcastle want to capture him.