By George Overhill

9th Jan, 2023 | 12:40pm

Hoffenheim are in line to bank a “huge profit” with Leeds United about to finalise a deal for Georginio Rutter, according to 90min.

The Whites are closing in on a club-record transfer for the French forward, thought to be about £30million for a player who cost the German side £500,000 in 2021.

Sources have confirmed to 90min that personal terms between Leeds United and Rutter are “all but agreed” so a move looks to be imminent.

The report says: “Leeds United are close to finalising a deal for Hoffenheim forward Georgino Rutter, 90min understands.

“The Whites are locked in talks with the Bundesliga side and are set to pay a club-record fee in order to land the France Under-21 international.”

Rutter would be the second January arrival in quick succession following the arrival of defender Max Wober from Red Bull Salzburg.

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Leeds United are not messing about if they are about to break the club transfer record for a striker in the January window.

It is the kind of move that fans could only dream of a year ago when the fruitless chase of Brenden Aaronson saw Marcelo Bielsa go without any sort of reinforcement and lose his job soon after.

Jesse Marsch isn’t enduring the same situation with another relegation battle on the horizon, and supporters might feel somewhat aggrieved at the differing treatment of the two managers.

The winter window is famously considered the most difficult time to buy so time will tell whether the club have got these moves right, but at least the squad is finally getting the gaps that were left gaping when the previous deadline day passed dealt with.

Wober was a key man for a serial trophy winner in Austria and Rutter is marked as a potential star of the future, so there is logic behind the spending.

Fans will rightly be feeling excited about the action off the pitch, but it is not going to mean much if fortunes don’t improve on it, as Marsch’s side came within touching distance of being knocked out of the FA Cup by Cardiff on Sunday (8 January), in a game where Wober made his debut.

In other Leeds United news, a Whites player has shared a social media post from the airport as he heads for a new club.