Newcastle United face competition from Bundesliga giants for Leeds United youngster

Magpes have been linked with a shock move for the defender.

Leeds United youngster Cody Drameh is said to be the subject of interest from Newcastle United and Bundesliga giants Borussia Dortmund.

The versatile England Under-21 international joined Los Blancos from Fulham last summer but spent the second half of the season on loan at Championship side Cardiff City. Drameh had a big impact with the Bluebirds and was named Young Player and Player of the Season ahead of his return to Elland Road.

Reflecting on his decision to go against the wishes of then-Leeds manager Marcelo Bielsa by joining Cardiff on loan, Drameh told Wales Online: “It’s not a concern for me (before to return to Leeds), but at the time it affected me, I’m not going to lie. It affected me mentally.

“I’ve never been in the spotlight before, so seeing my name in a negative light, which wasn’t really before, affected me mentally. But I had to learn from it and try to come out of it, I think I did. I just saw it as a new challenge in Cardiff and a chance for me to grow and develop as a person.

Drameh had hoped to enjoy a breakthrough season with Jesse Marsch’s side as he looked to build on the momentum gained in Cardiff – but looked sideways after making just two starts in all competitions as the Whites boss retained his faith in Rasmus Kristensen and Luc Ayling.

The Daily Mail have now reported that Newcastle and Dortmund have been ‘alert’ to Drameh’s current situation and have suggested the Magpies could land the youngster to compete with England star Kieran Trippier.

Any decision would cast further doubt on Javier Manquillo, who had a disappointing performance in Wednesday’s Carabao Cup win over Crystal Palace. United’s other right-back option, Sweden international Emil Krafth, is making positive progress in his return from the cruciate ligament injury he suffered at Tranmere Rovers earlier this season.

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