By Sam Stone

14th Jan, 2023 | 7:40pm

49ers could now be involved in Leeds United transfers as new deal agreed - Phil Hay

The Athletic’s Phil Hay has suggested the 49ers must be “heavily” involved in the transfer business Leeds United have undertaken so far in January.

Leeds’ net spend in the summer was next to nothing after the departures of Raphinha to Barcelona and Kalvin Phillips to Manchester City, however, it appears to have sky-rocketed in the January window.

The Whites have now agreed a deal for Hoffenheim forward Georginio Rutter for a club-record £35million and have already signed Max Wober for £10.6million (Sky Sports, 11 January).

Hay has suggested the need to spend in the January window has led the 49ers to have a significant influence on the transfer dealings at Elland Road.

“Look at the table and it’s [relegation] is right there, for a lot of clubs, not just Leeds. There’s a right group at the bottom. If that confidence is there and you think we’re alright then the motivation to spend money is lower, but then you get to a window like this and you think we need to spend more.

“But if you’re saying the 49ers must be heavily involved [in transfers] then I can’t disagree with that, it certainly looks like they should be.”

Murmurings

Leeds have been extremely active over the past two transfer windows and it’s fairly evident the 49ers would’ve been involved in some of the large transfer fees which have been dished out.

Andrea Radrizzani is looking to relinquish control of the club soon and is potentially looking to reduce the amount of personal investment he is currently providing.

Relegation is a very real threat and there are a number of teams who have or are looking to invest heavily to pull themselves away from trouble. Nottingham Forest have been extremely busy, West Ham spent big in the summer, and Southampton have already made a couple of eye-catching signings along with Wolves.

It’s clear plenty of teams are throwing the dice to retain their Premier League status and it’s encouraging to see Leeds keeping pace with their rivals on the transfer front.

The Elland Road faithful will be desperate for Rutter to hit the ground running and be the solution to Jesse Marsch’s striker shortage.

In other Leeds United news, the Whites are one step away from completing exciting January signing, according to a reliable journalist.