Leeds United are incredibly keen on signing Hoffenheim forward Georginio Rutter with the player reportedly being “open” to the move, as per a tweet from Sky Sports Germany journalist Florian Plettenberg.
The 20-year-old currently has four goal involvements to his name this season (two goals, two assists) and netted eight times in the Bundesliga last term.
The potential signing is reported to be in the region of €40m (£35m) and is described by Plettenberg as a “massive deal”.
Leeds are in dire need of a forward this January to back up current first team striker Rodrigo due to Patrick Bamford’s repeated issues with injury.
Plettenberg’s tweet in full is as follows:
“News Rutter: Leeds United wants him NOW! Hoffenheim is aware of the interest and it could become a massive deal.
“Talks around a transfer fee between €30-40m. The 20 y/o is open for the move.”
It is no secret that a new forward this January is top of Victor Orta’s list of priorities, so it is great to see the club reportedly doing business on this front early in the window.
Moreover, Plettenberg is a reputable source as a Sky Sports journalist so it is more than likely that this deal does have legs.
Most surprising about the deal is the suggested fee, with £35m seeming a great amount for such a young prospect with a respectable – yet not astonishing – goal return in the last couple of seasons.
Given that the club were allegedly ready to spend a similar amount on Charles De Ketelaere last summer however, the fact that they have such funds at their disposal is maybe not as surprising as initially thought.
Could Rutter prove to be the forward that Whites supporters have been crying out for for so long?