By Pranav Shahaney

11th Jan, 2023 | 1:40pm

Georginio Rutter understood to be in Leeds on 10 January ahead of Leeds United transfer

Hoffenheim forward Georginio Rutter was understood to be in Leeds as he closes in on a move to Leeds United in January.

According to BBC journalist Adam Pope at 12:55 on 11 January , the 20-year-old was in the city on the night of Tuesday, 10 January.

The Whites are close to completing a club-record deal for the French striker between £26million and £35million, making him the second January signing after Max Wober.

Excitement building

Leeds desperately needed to sign a striker this month and it seems like they’ve moved a step closer to making that happen.

Rutter may not have been the name fans would’ve wanted at the start of the window, but seeing how quickly things have progressed, they’re going to be excited about it.

The fact that Andrea Radrizzani and the hierarchy are shelling out a club-record fee for him suggests that there must be something special about the Frenchman.

His goal-scoring record does not seem to be particularly eye-catching but he’s known to be a versatile player who’s movement is second to none.

At 20, he not only represents an option for the present but also for the future and does have a high resale value as well.

Jesse Marsch clearly likes to work with such strikers and it’ll be interesting to see how Rutter adapts to life in the Premier League as sometimes players from foreign leagues take a few weeks to get used to the pace and physicality.

In other Leeds United news, Fabrizio Romano has dropped a major update on World Cup star Azzedinie Ounahi’s potential January move to Elland Road.