By MOT Leeds News speaking to Paul Robinson

17th Jan, 2023 | 8:04pm

We’re delighted to welcome former England goalkeeper Paul Robinson as our exclusive columnist as each week he’ll be giving his views on the biggest talking points at Leeds United…

Paul Robinson believes the 49ers’ takeover of Leeds United is “done”.

Victor Orta turned up to the unveiling of new record-signing Georginio Rutter on Saturday (14 January) wearing a San Francisco 49ers hoody.

The Athletic reported on Tuesday (17 January) that Leeds were initially looking to sign Rutter, 20, from Hoffenheim on a loan-to-buy deal before 49ers Enterprises intervened.

It is understood that the current 44-per-cent-shareholders backed a full transfer this month “and accept future liabilities was a sign of its commitment to taking charge at Elland Road”.

The 49ers have been widely reported to be looking to complete a takeover at Elland Road at some point this year.

Robinson thinks that director of football Orta’s appearance at Rutter’s unveiling is a big sign that the deal between Andrea Radrizzani and the investment arm of NFL’s San Fransisco 49ers is complete.

“I think you can read into it that the deal’s very imminent,” Robinson told MOT Leeds News.

“We’ve known the 49ers have been in the background for a while and the fact he had their hoody on for the announcement, you can probably read more into it.

I’d like to think it means there’s very positive news for Leeds very soon.

It’s done.”

Rutter is unable to make his debut against Cardiff on Wednesday night (18 January) as he wasn’t registered as a Leeds player for the initial FA Cup third-round tie, which ended in a 2-2 draw.

He could, however, play against Brentford this weekend in the Premier League.

In other Leeds United news, the Whites are now seeking their third signing of the month with a European contract rebel in their sights.