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Newcastle United: PIF eyeing Cody Drameh in January

Newcastle United: PIF eyeing Cody Drameh in January - Newcastle United News

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s (KSA) Public Investment Fund (PIF) are eyeing a move to sign Leeds United right-back Cody Drameh for Newcastle United.

The Lowdown: Promising talent

At 20 years of age, there is no doubt that Drameh is a promising talent, and he showcased his abilities while on loan at Cardiff City in the Championship last season.

Joining in the January transfer window, he played in every game in the division up until the end of the campaign, prompting his manager Steve Morison to claim that he was ‘like a Duracell Bunny‘.

Hailed as ‘excellent‘ last term by Morison, Drameh was Cardiff’s third-best performing player, prompting Leeds to keep him in the first-team squad for this season.

The Latest: Newcastle interest

As per The Daily Mail, the St. James’ Park outfit are ‘keeping tabs’ on Drameh ahead of January, as the Englishman has only made two senior appearances this term.

The report recalls their deadline day move for West Ham United’s Harrison Ashby, and Drameh fits a similar kind of profile.

Given his age, he would not take up one of the slots in the North East club’s 25-man squad, but they will face competition from Bundesliga heavyweights Borussia Dortmund for his signature.

The Verdict: Get it done

The report shares that there are ‘doubts’ over the long-term future of Javier Manquillo, while Emil Krafth is out for the rest of the campaign with a knee injury.

Thus, the Tynesiders need a long-term understudy to Kieran Trippier, and 20-year-old Drameh would fit the bill.

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His age and top-flight experience mean that he could be an ideal signing for the Magpies, should they be able to get a deal done in January.

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