Leeds United transfer rumours as Cody Drameh in demand, Rangers defender linked
Here's a round-up of your Leeds United transfer rumours on Monday, January 10.
Drameh wanted by Championship side
Cody Drameh is one of a handful of Leeds youngsters who has filled in seamlessly when called upon by Marcelo Bielsa this season.
The right-back’s form for both the U23 squad and the first team led to his maiden England U21 cap earlier this term and he certainly looks as though he could be part of the squad at Elland Road for years to come.
However, he still seems too raw to play in the Premier League every week and it is important that he continues to get game time.
That is likely to be the basis for reported interest from Championship side Swansea City, with transfer expert Fabrizio Romano claiming the defender is set for a move.
As LeedsLive's Beren Cross reports, the club are yet to make a decision on any loan switch.
Drameh contingency plan in place?
While it makes sense to send Drameh out on loan for the benefit of his development, it would leave the Leeds squad even thinner than it was already.
Alongside resident Swiss army knife Stuart Dallas, he has been the player providing back up for Luke Ayling at right back and he is someone who has dealt with injury problems of his own this term.
Another injury for the 30-year-old, as well as Drameh’s short-term departure, could lead to a serious problem for Bielsa but Danny Mills has predicted that it may signal a new signing.
The former Leeds defender told Football Insider: “It could be that somebody is coming in to replace him.
“But it could be that Bielsa doesn’t quite see them as up to speed or there are other players within the squad that he thinks he can use.
“He might think they are OK but he may have better players in there that he is happy to use.”
Rangers full-back could provide cover on the other flank
With the right-back position looking potentially thin, options on the other side of the defence are already scarce.
Junior Firpo replaced the outgoing Ezgjan Alioski in the summer but he is still the only recognised left-back in the squad.
While it may not be on Bielsa’s list of priorities in the next few weeks, it is an area that will eventually need addressing and James Maxwell of Rangers could be the man to provide cover.
He has struggled for opportunities with the Scottish champions behind the ever-present Borna Barisic and has admitted that he knows he will have to leave the club.
According to the Daily Record north of the border, Leeds are interested in bringing him to the Premier League and considering his status in the Rangers team, it would hardly be a deal that would break the bank.