Georginio Rutter is now in Leeds with his agent to complete his medical ahead of signing for Leeds United, Fabrizio Romano reports.
The plane believed to be carrying the 20-year-old from Germany to complete his move from Hoffenheim has been monitored heavily by Whites fans [Graham Smyth] during the day, and the Frenchman is now in the country and ready to get the deal done.
Within hours the club will therefore have a long-term deal completed and a new record transfer in the building before the mid-point of the January transfer window.
Posting on his personal Twitter account on Thursday evening (12 January) Romano wrote: “Plan confirmed for Georginio Rutter. He’s in Leeds together with his agent as medical tests are scheduled and then deal will be made official.
“Rutter will sign a long-term deal in the next hours — here we go confirmed.”
He isn’t expected to be ready for the next match [Phil Hay] against Aston Villa on Friday night (13 January) but getting such a major deal over the line with less that half the window passed is some achievement for the club.
Coming on top of the early-window move to strengthen the defence with Max Wober from Red Bull Salzburg the proactive approach from the club has to be praised.
There is scope for the squad to still be added to before the end of the month but the crucial question will soon be whether the players are the right ones for this side.
Jesse Marsch is being given the tools to improve his team at a crucial point in the season, and if the correct decisions have been made then it should make a big difference to a rapidly approaching relegation battle.
Spending big in January is a risk but if it drags Leeds United away from the drop zone before the real fear sets in it will be a sound investment.
The manager now has to find a way to get his players performing coherently on the pitch, with a number of the most positive results in the past few months coming in somewhat chaotic fashion, and the draw at Cardiff in the FA Cup (8 January) the latest example of them falling below the required standard.
Rutter could be a game-changer or he could be a heavy investment for the future but it looks like the fans are now extremely close to beginning to find out.
In other Leeds United news, the manager put his foot down to get a major deal in place in the winter window.