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West Ham: David Moyes eyeing swoop for Cody Drameh

West Ham United are eyeing up a move for a young Premier League full-back as David Moyes looks to strengthen his squad…

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According to TEAMtalk transfer insider Graeme Bailey, West Ham have joined the race to sign Leeds United right-back Cody Drameh, alongside Newcastle United and Crystal Palace. There is also interest from the continent, with Borussia Dortmund and RB Leipzig also keen on signing him.

The 20-year-old has just 18 months remaining on his contract and Bailey confirmed that Leeds had tried to tie down Drameh to a long-term deal, although talks have now stalled and a January exit looks a possibility.

Coufal replacement

West Ham are willing to sell Vladimir Coufal in January, with the right-back starting just seven Premier League matches this season, averaging a Sofascore rating of 6.78/10, it appears Moyes is looking at a much younger replacement.

Drameh has only featured twice for Leeds this season, being kept out of the team on a regular basis by Rasmus Kristensen, however, his performances haven’t also been great and with Leeds holding the joint-fourth worst defensive record in the league, the problems at the back need to be solved.

Drameh could be one for the future, although he has impressed in the Premier League 2 this season, grabbing three assists in just five games and he has also been capped for England at U18, U20 and U21 level, showing that he is extremely talented and needs to be given more senior game time to continue his development.

The 20-year-old did spend some time on loan at Cardiff City last season, playing 22 times and registering three assists and he clearly impressed manager Steve Morison, who dubbed the player “phenomenal” following an excellent display against Peterborough United in February.

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Moyes might find it tough to lure the right back, who can also play on the left, to the London Stadium, especially considering Leeds would rather avoid selling a promising youngster to a league rival.

With Coufal seemingly approaching his final few weeks at the club, signing Drameh would mean Moyes has a potential replacement for the 30-year-old, whilst also building ahead for the future.