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Key clause missing as Cardiff City seal loan deal for Cody Drameh

Cody Drameh Leeds October 2021

Cardiff City have completed the loan signing of Cody Drameh from Leeds United for the remainder of the 2021/22 campaign.

The transfer of the 20-year-old is dependent on international clearance.  Drameh was expected to stay at Elland Road amid the Whites’ deepening injury crisis. Defenders Liam Cooper and Pascal Struijk are both out, alongside Kalvin Phillips and Rodrigo.

But Drameh and his agent pushed for a loan move to get the player some much-needed game time. And Marcelo Bielsa wasted no time in sanctioning a move for the player once he realised his desire to move on.

Cody has featured just three times for the Whites in the Premier League this season. He also came off the bench to replace Junior Firpo in Sunday’s FA Cup defeat to West Ham. While he also played in the EFL Cup defeat at Arsenal in October.

Drameh will return to Elland Road in the summer. Fabrizio Romano has stated there is “no buy option included in the deal”.

Speaking to Cardiff City TV, Cody said: “I’m very happy to be here, it’s a great feeling and I’m really excited to get going.”

“I wanted to join because Cardiff City is a great club, first of all. From the first minute that we were linked they showed a real eagerness to get me in, which as a player is always great to hear.

Drameh was Cardiff’s top target

“Everybody at the club seems to be really together, so hopefully I can be a part of that. I’m looking forward to showing people what I can bring to the table.”

Cardiff boss Steve Morison added: “It’s excellent to have signed Cody for this loan spell. It’s something that we’ve been looking to do for the last couple of weeks, with a lot of work going on behind the scenes.

“Cody is joining us having been at the top of our list of players in that position that we’d have liked to bring in. I’m really pleased that we’ve managed to get it over the line.”

The right-back also has one England Under-21 cap after making his debut for Lee Carsley’s side against Georgia in November.

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