The Daily Mail have claimed that Leeds United are set to complete the signing of Fulham teenager Cody Drameh after talks on Thursday night saw the two promoted sides agree a fee.
Drameh, 18, is yet to make his senior debut for Fulham – though he has been a regular in the Under-23 side that have played Leeds during Marcelo Bielsa’s reign in the Premier League Cup.
During 2019-20, Drameh played 17 times in Premier League 2 and despite being used at right-back, left-back, centre-back and right-wing, he starred – even laying on an impressive seven assists.
Drameh has entered the final 12 months of his contract and Leeds are keen to bring him in as cover at right-back, promising him game time over a loan. The report claims a £1million package was agreed on Thursday night.
An initial offer of £400,000 was made but it has since seen the overall value increase to £1million. A 20% sell-on clause is also expected. The Mirror claimed Liverpool were keen in May, but Leeds are set to win the race.
TBR’s view – Drameh is a bargain at just £1m
Leeds certainly need cover at right-back. Gaetano Berardi’s contract has expired and even if he remains, he is out for the majority of the 2020-21 season with an anterior cruciate ligament injury.
Drameh, then, is needed. Leeds do have Stuart Dallas who can play at right-back, but Drameh would be an excellent addition as cover. Using him in cup games and the odd league game, he can show his enormous potential.
At just £1million, he is a no-brainer.