By George Overhill

12th Jan, 2023 | 6:10pm

Leeds United are “very, very close” to completing the major signing of Georginio Rutter from Hoffenheim, according to Kaveh Solhekol on Sky Sports.

The Frenchman is believed to be travelling to West Yorkshire for his medical on Thursday evening, leaving the distance to his deal being completed now minimal as long as everything goes to plan.

Solhekol has called it “one of the biggest” in the January window overall with a fee of around £35million being sent to the German Bundesliga side.

Speaking live on Sky Sports News’ The Transfer Show, via Football Daily, on Thursday evening he said: “Leeds United are very, very close to completing the signing of Georginio Rutter.

“He’ll be one of the biggest deals of this window. The total deal could be worth up to around £35million.”

Making waves

The attention of the teams currently struggling towards the bottom of the Premier League will certainly be caught by the Whites making a splash as big as this in the January window.

Rutter isn’t the fully-formed operator that supporters have long hoped for, but he has the potential to be a difference-maker in the fight against the drop this season, and much more in the coming years.

Barring a u-turn that even Bamba Dieng would consider slightly on the nose this move appears to be going through, although the drama around the Senegal international on the last deadline day proves the medical is no foregone conclusion.

The rest of the Premier League surely won’t have been able to ignore the expected arrival from Germany either, and if he becomes the player that Leeds United are expecting him to it may be the ones at the top of the table who come calling next.

Clearly the club have designs on this move panning out into the next Raphinha, or even the Cody Gakpo signing that never was, but they are surely going to have to wait a while for that dream to be realised if it is to be so.

At 20, and with only 69 senior appearances so far in his career he is bound to still be raw in some areas of his game, although Willy Gnonto is still a teenager and is showing what he can do in the Premier League already.

It is difficult for a club-record signing to arrive without pressure on his shoulders and the hope has to be that he isn’t weighed down by it in the way Rodrigo was, and can instead have an impact more like the Spanish forward is now having after Brenden Aaronson relieved him of the burden.

In other Leeds United news, BBC Leeds journalists have reacted with trepidation over the potential exit of Illan Meslier after recent news.