Victor Orta and co. have set their sights on the Frenchman as the player to fill their void at centre-forward and give support to Patrick Bamford and Rodrigo.
The Whites had left-back and striker on their wishlist heading into the January window, and Rutter looks likely to be the next through the door at Elland Roadas the club looks to make further signings to Jesse March‘s side, having already signed their left-sided defender in Max Wöber.
Florian Plettenburg of Sky Sports Germany first broke news of the story yesterday. He claims that the deal could be a club-record fee for the 20-year-old forward. Since then Fabrizio Romano has come out with the following update, he said: “Negotiations between Leeds United and Hoffenheim for Georginio Rutter are now very advanced. Fee discussed around €30m, personal terms already agreed. Talks will continue in the next hours/days to make him Leeds’ second signing after Wober.”
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Hoffenheim have issued the following statement as the transfer rumors to Leeds continue to increase, they said: “For the time being, Georginio Rutter will not take part at all in training or in the friendly match against Servette. Since yesterday, there have been rumors circulating of a move to the Premier League for the Frenchman.
“On the ‘Rutter Case,’ Alexander Rosen announced the following: ‘Georgi has been confronted with a major issue, that is taking a lot of his energy. He is a young man and it is therefore understandable that he is concerned by the current situation.’
“‘From our side, it is a case of dealing with a young man in a responsible manner and for that reason, we have decided that he should not participate in full training with the first team right now’.”
Leeds All Over sources have indicated to us that Rutter is pushing for the move and personal terms have been agreed, with only the transfer fee and structure of the deal between the clubs left to resolve.
Rutter clearly wants the move if his current side are having to make a statement explaining his absence. He is evidently unsettled by the Whites’ interest.
His youthfulness and goal record might not be something on paper that is exciting for Leeds’ demanding fans, but he’s a very talented footballer.
Marsch’s system requires a striker with good hold up play and quality back to goal. Also, the ability to pin players back, and although Rutter is not perfect in this regard, but he is young enough to improve as a project player with enormous potential.
He is a more than willing runner in the channels and when pressing, which is important. He also finds spaces in the back line and strikes the ball cleanly and very powerfully off both of his feet. His threat will improve the team, certainly, but he will need refinement and to learn from his striking peers.
Would Rutter be a good signing for Leeds?