By George Overhill

12th Jan, 2023 | 4:40pm

Georginio Rutter about to become Leeds United player, new action in next hours - Sky Sports

Georginio Rutter’s flight direct from Germany to Leeds United has been “confirmed” ahead of a Thursday medical, according to Florian Plettenberg.

The France under-21 international is on the brink of a club-record move to Elland Road with a total package thought to be worth as much as €40million [£35.4million], with a five and a half year contract on the table [Plettenberg, 11 January].

Fabrizio Romano reported on Thursday morning that the Hoffenheim player should be able to fly to England in the evening (12 January) to complete his medical and according to Sky Sports Germany reporter Plettenberg that is now confirmed, with just hours now left to go.

Posting on his Twitter account on Thursday afternoon Plettenberg wrote: “News Rutter: He will fly directly from Germany to Leeds this evening confirmed. Medical in the next hours.

“He is about to become a new LUFC player. Rutter will be the third most expensive departure in the club’s history.”

On the brink

It looks to be imminent but getting a deal over the line is only the start and this amount of money is going to come with expectations.

Leeds United fans know more than most that completing transfers for attacking talents is often easier said than done, but if they don’t make a difference on the pitch it doesn’t matter either way.

Rutter is young and relatively inexperienced so he can’t be expected to transform Jesse Marsch’s side the second he walks through the door.

But the club are spending this money for a reason so there is surely some optimism that he can still have an impact this season.

A huge amount wasn’t expected of Willy Gnonto when he was rushed in on deadline day at the end of the summer window and he has already become a staple of the first team, so if Rutter can adapt to the Premier League quickly enough he can likely do the same.

Helping the Whites stay in the top flight is an absolute minimum requirement for the 20-year-old, as with everyone right now, and assuming that is achieved it may be next season and beyond where he really shows why he is about to break the club’s record fee.

In other Leeds United news, a further January signing appears to be on the cards and it has raised some worrying questions for a current player as BBC journalists react with trepidation to the news.