Hoffenheim forward Georginio Rutter is now set to complete a move to Leeds United in “the coming days”, according to a report from Transfermarkt.
Florian Plettenberg of Sky Sports in Germany first broke the news that the Whites were after a “massive deal” for the 20-year-old striker earlier on Saturday (7 January), and events are moving fast with the latest report coming a matter of hour later.
The young Frenchman has reportedly been a Leeds target for some time and “will almost certainly” set a new transfer record at Elland Road in a deal worth over €30million [£26.5million].
His sale is also therefore likely to become the third-highest departure from the German club, after Roberto Firmino’s move to Liverpool and Newcastle’s signing of Joelinton.
It will represent a huge profit on the under-21 international who arrived in the Bundesliga less than two years ago for a fee of less than £1million.
Plettenberg had reported earlier in the day that Leeds United wanted Rutter “NOW!” and it looks like he meant it.
The Whites aren’t hanging around if the sudden explosion of reports are accurate, and at this rate a new headline attacker could be through the doors in West Yorkshire with less than half of the transfer window done.
On paper it would represent a stunning January after already completing a deal for Max Wober from Red Bull Salzburg, and could prove telling in the relegation battle if it goes through.
But if the previous deadline day has taught us anything when it comes to signings with the Elland Road hierarchy, it is that the deal isn’t done until the player is sitting next to a club official with a pen in his hand and smiling for the cameras.
With 12 senior goals and eight assists in his time at Hoffenheim and Rennes he is still relatively unproven, so if Rutter is to become the club’s record signing then it represents a significant risk.
But having missed out on Cody Gakpo in the summer, with big sides already sniffing around prior to the World Cup and the Dutchman now at Liverpool, it appears the Whites are making a definitive move to beat any future rush on Rutter.
They will be paying primarily for the potential of a man who is considered a huge talent but if they are right then he could end up making a big difference at the club.