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Two new suitors emerge in race to sign Leeds United ace after contract snub

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West Ham and Crystal Palace are the latest clubs to register their interest in Leeds United’s soon-to-be departing right-back, Cody Drameh.

The Whites are already looking at a couple of exits, at least, in January as Jesse Marsch aims to streamline his squad.

Right-back Cody Drameh has appears to be the most likely exit, after failing to muster up enough game time to warrant considering staying at Elland Road.

The Yorkshire Evening Post reported that the club are expected to part ways with Drameh as January rolls around.

Newcastle United and Borussia Dortmund are two of the sides namechecked in the report as sides vying to sign him.

However, journalist Graeme Bailey has now revealed that Premier League rivals West Ham are another side looking into Drameh’s situation.

Speaking to TEAMtalk, Bailey revealed that Leeds were looking to tie Drameh down to a new contract:

“Leeds have been in talks with Drameh about a new contract but they have not been able to agree terms and now that is off the table, and both seem to be accepting that a new deal is unlikely.

“Leeds ideally would like Drameh to be challenging Rasmus Kristensen over the next 12 months, with Luke Ayling looking likely to leave in the summer.

“Drameh has just over 18 months left on his deal, and he knows of the interest in him which is widespread. There are clubs all over who seen Drameh as an option.”

In terms of who his new club could be, Bailey revealed three Premier League clubs are in the running:

“Newcastle, West Ham and Crystal Palace see him as one for the future, whilst there are the likes of Middlesbrough and Norwich in the Championship who I am told also like him.

“However, the 20-year-old does have options abroad – I am told that the options are plentiful and not just Borussia Dortmund and RB Leipzig but from clubs in France and Italy too.”

Should Leeds replace Cody Drameh?

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It’s no surprise to me that we’re seeing a lot of widespread interest in Drameh.

His loan at Cardiff City last term will have impressed a lot of scouts watching him from across Europe, and when he’s available, why not go for him

I do think we’ve made a big mistake not allowing him chances to play in the Premier League more than he has done.

If he goes to a club where he’ll be playing more often, I can see him showing us what a player we’ve missed.

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