Leeds United confirm second loan deal of January transfer window

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Leeds United have allowed defender Cody Drameh to join Championship side Cardiff City on loan until the end of the season.

The 20-year-old has established himself as a crucial figure for the Whites at under-23 level, earning three Premier League appearances this season and has been capped for England at under-20s and under-21s level.

The deal is subject to international clearance and LeedsLive understands that there is no option to buy at the end of the loan deal.

Amid an injury crisis, Drameh was handed his first top-flight start before Christmas in the defeat to Arsenal and his most recent first-team outing came as a substitute in the Emirates FA Cup against West Ham United.

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Drameh will now ply his trade in the second tier with Cardiff, who sit just four points above the relegation zone in 20th and are managed by a man familiar with Elland Road.

Former Whites forward Steve Morison was promoted from his role as lead coach with Cardiff’s under-23s and given first-team responsibilities back in November, following the departure of Mick McCarthy.

The Bluebirds have not won in the league since November, although did recently advance beyond the third round of the Emirates FA Cup with a win over Preston North End.

This is the second loan move Leeds have completed during the January transfer window, following Ryan Edmondson’s switch to Port Vale.

Prior to the most recent summer transfer window, loan moves away from Elland Road appeared to be indicators that a player did not have a long-term future at the club.

None of the players loaned out last season are currently members of Marcelo Bielsa’s squad and several have since secured permanent deals elsewhere.

However, when director Victor Orta outlined his hope that winger Ian Poveda would return to the club after his loan move to Blackburn Rovers, it became clear the stance on temporary departures had been softened.

Drameh boasts impressive pedigree at a young age and his appearances under Whites boss Marcelo Bielsa in the first-team suggest he has earned a certain degree of trust.

Supporters will be hoping the move will enable the defender to build experience ahead of a future assault on the first-choice right-back slot.

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