By Anthony Onifade

13th Jan, 2023 | 8:16am

Fabrizio Romano: Leeds United medical for Georginio Rutter on Friday morning, statement close

Leeds United are on the verge of completing the signing of Georginio Rutter from TSG Hoffenheim, with medical tests and contract signing due to take place Friday morning [13 January], Fabrizio Romano reports.

The Whites agreed a deal with the Bundesliga outfit [12 January] to sign the French-born forward as their second signing this month, after the capture of Maximilian Wober from Red Bull Salzburg.

The player was believed [12 January] to be in the UK to continue talks with Leeds, with the player now set to finalize his move from Hoffenheim for a fee of around £35.5m.

And Romano has revealed the latest developments on the Whites’ proposed second signing of the January window, as medical tests and contract signings are to take place on Friday morning.

Taking to his personal Twitter account [13 January], he tweeted: “Medical tests and contract signing in the morning for Georginio Rutter as new Leeds player, statement to follow as deal has been completed.

#LUFC Fee confirmed: 28m plus add-ons up to 40m package.”

Building

The signing of Rutter is indeed a huge statement from Leeds United, and securing his services with a couple weeks left to go in the January window makes this deal all the more impressive.

The Whites and Jesse Marsch are certainly building for the future with this move, a 20-year-old striker still possessing raw attributes but with a lot of potential, qualities and the character to grow into a serious footballing star in the future.

The fact that Rutter has chosen Elland Road as his next destination are further signs that the club are becoming an attractive outfit for young talents to hone their craft, especially after the impressive signings of Wilfried Gnonto, Tyler Adams and Brendan Aaronson in the not-too-distant past.

Credit must be given to the club board for attempting to build a sustainable and attractive model for fellow Premier League clubs to follow suit. And Marsch will be hoping these players can aid his quest in making Leeds a steady and dangerous Premier League outfit.

And considering the quality in his weaponry now with the potential signing of Rutter, the American coach is well on his way to achieving just that. Yet another impressive piece of business from Leeds, and it might not stop there this month.

In other Leeds United news, Marsch put his foot down to get a major Elland Road deal in place in the winter window.