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Leeds United man among two emerging positional targets for Newcastle United

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Leeds United‘s Cody Drameh is one of two potential right-back targets for Newcastle United in the January transfer window.

That’s according to journalist Fabrizio Romano, who says that Real Valladolid’s Ivan Fresneda is also being tracked by the Magpies.

With Drameh having again struggled for game time at Leeds this season, falling behind Luke Ayling and summer signing Rasmus Kristensen at right-back, it looks as though he could be on the move this month.

It was reported by The YEP back in November that the 21-year-old was looking increasingly likely to leave the club in January, and that appears not to have changed.

The full-back has featured just once for Leeds since the start of September, and has not been named in the matchday squad by Jesse Marsch, for their last two games.

Now it seems as though one club who could attempt to take advantage of Drameh’s situation at Leeds, is Newcastle United, judging by these comments from Romano.

Speaking on the House of Champions CBS Soccer Podcast about Newcastle’s plans for the rest of the window, the reporter said: “Also, Newcastle are looking for a new right-back.

“Cody Drameh from Leeds and also Ivan Fresneda from Vallodolid are two names they are following.”

This would certainly be an interesting one to consider for Drameh.

With Newcastle currently battling for a European place, and likely to be eyeing trophies in the not too distant future, it could be an appealing move for the 21-year-old.

However, Kieran Trippier remains the Magpies’ undisputed first choice at right-back, meaning there may be some questions about whether Drameh would get the game time he wants, with a move to S James’.

Even so, you do wonder whether the fact a club in a stronger position than them in table is keen on Drameh, could suggest to Leeds that they ought to be doing more to keep him at Elland Road if possible.

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