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Leeds United set to sign Fulham youngster Cody Drameh in deal worth almost £1m

Leeds United are poised to secure their first signing back in the Premier League by landing Cody Drameh from Fulham.

Sportsmail understands a financial package that could reach close to £1million if clauses are met was agreed by the two newly-promoted clubs on Thursday night.

Leeds began negotiations with a £400,000 offer but talks then moved quickly for a player who has entered the final 12 months of his contract at Craven Cottage.

Drameh, an England Under 18 international, has impressed for Fulham’s Under 23 side from right back but had not yet been handed a professional debut by Scott Parker.

Leeds are willing to offer the 18-year-old a chance to develop with the first team rather than send him on loan, and the deal is believed to include a 20 per cent sell-on clause.

Marcelo Bielsa’s project appealed to the teenager hoping to make his mark and Leeds, who hold a long-standing interest, had attempted to sign Drameh last January.

His reputation grew earlier this year when scouts present for Fulham’s narrow FA Youth Cup defeat at Manchester City raved over his performance up against the talented Dutch winger Jayden Braaf.

Leeds are pressing ahead with recruitment ahead of their top-flight return, with an interest in Brentford’s Said Benrahma, while there is hope of finalising a £1m move for Joe Gelhardt at Wigan.

Jack Harrison is also expected to complete a third season-long loan switch from Manchester City, a deal that will include the option to purchase the winger next summer.

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