Leeds United have agreed a deal to loan full-back Cody Drameh to fellow Championship side Birmingham City, according to The Athletic’s Phil Hay.
Hay reports that Birmingham moved ahead of Hull City and West Bromwich Albion in securing the signature of the talented right-back.
The deal is also understood to include an option for the Blues to sign Drameh permanently, given that the young defender’s contract is set to expire next summer.
Cody Drameh to Birmingham on loan, deal agreed.
Hull made a permanent offer but couldn’t agree personal terms with him.
Will be out of contract at Leeds when the loan ends. Birmingham have an option to sign him permanently:https://t.co/WGl5XeF09K
— Phil Hay (@PhilHay_) September 1, 2023
The 21-year-old has had a slightly odd time at Leeds since joining the West Yorkshire from Fulham in the summer of 2020. Despite impressive loan spells away at Cardiff City and – most recently – Luton Town, Drameh has never been able to establish himself as a genuine contender for selection under any Whites manager he has played under.
Club stalwart Luke Ayling has always been favoured over him, and the recent acquisition of Tottenham Hotspur right-back Djed Spence appears to have ended any chances of Drameh making a breakthrough in Leeds white.
The young Englishman made just 10 appearances for the Whites senior squad during his time at Elland Road, with his last outing being in Leeds’ 4-3 victory over Ipswich Town over the weekend, a match in which he was substituted at half-time despite him only being a first-half substitute himself.
Leeds fans face the prospect of an unpredictable 24 hours ahead as the transfer deadline approaches this evening, but something that can be said with considerable certainty is that this move spells the end of Drameh’s time in West Yorkshire.