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Exclusive: Leeds reject Ipswich Town offer for Joe Gelhardt; Birmingham deal given Farke green light

Joe Gelhardt No 30 of Leeds United during the Carabao Cup match Leeds United vs Shrewsbury Town at Elland Road

Joe Gelhardt Number 30 of Leeds United

Leeds United forward Joe Gelhardt is set to stay at the club beyond the transfer deadline, despite interest from other clubs, TEAMtalk understands.

Ipswich Town were among four clubs who made enquiries about possibly taking Gelhardt on loan before the transfer window shuts on Friday.

However, Leeds have rebuffed the interest in Gelhardt and plan to keep him with Daniel Farke intent on keeping Gelhardt around this season.

Leeds have already agreed to let attacking midfielder Sam Greenwood go out on loan to Middlesbrough and they do not want to lose Gelhardt.

The 21-year-old has been assured that he figures in Farke’s first-team plans this season and that he will play a role in the team.

Gelhardt has featured in every league and cup game for Leeds this season and has one goal – against Shrewsbury in the Carabao Cup – to his name so far. He will provide cover and competition for the likes of Joel Piroe, Patrick Bamford and Georginio Rutter. The club have also on Friday confirmed the return to training of another striker option in Matteo Joseph, after his recovery from an ankle injury.

Gelhardt, who joined Leeds from Wigan Athletic back in the summer of 2020, has four years left to run on his contract at Elland Road.

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Farke explains Cody Drameh move to Birmingham

Meanwhile, another Leeds youngster in Cody Drameh will complete a move to Birmingham City on Friday.

Drameh has struggled for game-time at Leeds having only made nine senior appearances during his time at Elland Road.

With his deal expiring next summer, he has now been cleared to sign for Blues on a season’s loan. The deal will contain an option to make permanent with Leeds entitled to a loan fee, as well as further money if the move becomes permanent owing to a development fee and as long as they offer him a new deal first.

With Leeds signing Djed Spence from Tottenham and with the experienced Luke Ayling also on the books, Farke has explained why it made sense to let Drameh depart.

“It was not a decision against Cody,” he told a press conference on Friday. “He has delivered at this level. With Luke Ayling being an experienced leader and Spence is outstanding option at this level. We also have [Sam] Byram and [Jamie] Shackleton.

“It was Cody’s wish to play every minute and for that I think it is a smart move.”

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