By Saikat Mandal

12th Jan, 2023 | 10:30am

Leeds United could complete Georginio Rutter deal on Thursday - Phil Hay

Leeds United could complete the “final pieces” of the deal for Hoffenheim striker Georginio Rutter on Thursday (12 January), as reported by Phil Hay.

Writing for The Atheltic, the well-connected journalist has shared that the Whites are making “positive progress” towards signing the 20-year-old, after 48 hours of “intense talks”.

Hoffenheim value Rutter at more than £30m upfront, and he will fly in for medical as soon as terms are finalised.

Top target

Adding a new striker in January was a priority for the club, Rutter was top of their transfer priorities. 

A big credit goes to Victor Orta for pulling the deal off. Leeds have shown ambition in the transfer market once again and now the club must aim to finish high up in the table. 

The Whites paid £27 million for Rodrigo when they signed him from Valencia in 2020, and they are now paying a record fee to sign Rutter. 

He will become the second major signing for Leeds this month after the club confirmed the arrival of Max Wober from RB Salzburg last week. 

Rutter is yet to arrive at Leeds, but he will do so once the terms are set, and it could happen at the earliest. 

He is an exciting striker to watch, although the youngster is not a prolific goalscorer. He has the potential to be a top-class forward in the future, and the club clearly believe in his ability. 

In other Leeds United news, this Belgian hotshot is on his way to Elland Road.