By Anthony Onifade

13th Jan, 2023 | 1:40pm

Leeds United new signing Georginio Rutter could be in Villa Park directors' box - Phil Hay

Leeds United are in the process of completing the signing of Georginio Rutter and the forward could likely appear in the Villa Park directors’ box for the game against Aston Villa on Friday [13 January], according to The Athletic journalist Phil Hay.

The Whites agreed a deal with Bundesliga outfit TSG Hoffenheim [12 January] to sign the French-born forward as their second signing this month.

And according to Italian journalist Fabrizio Romano [13 January], the player was in the UK to undergo medical tests and sign his new contract as a new Leeds United player.

And Hay has provided the latest developments on the player, ahead of their new signing and their crucial encounter with Aston Villa on Friday night.

Speaking in his Athletic discussion column [13 January] in preparation for the Premier League fixture, he said:

“It should be happy in the sense that Leeds United are in the process of completing and confirming the signing of Georginio Rutter from Hoffenheim, for a fee worth more than £25 million.”

“Leeds and Hoffenheim agreed terms yesterday morning, allowing Rutter to fly in for a medical tonight. He won’t be available for Leeds’ trip to Villa and a debut of some sort looks likely against Brentford next weekend. Perhaps we’ll see him in the directors’ box this evening.”

Exciting News

Hay’s latest update on the transfer of Rutter will come as exciting news to the Whites faithful, ahead of their crucial league fixture against Aston Villa.

It is certainly news that could spur the team on to go and pick up an all-important three points in their quest to steer clear of the relegation zone.

Rutter is an exceptional piece of business by Jesse Marsch and the Leeds United board, a serious statement to their rivals that they are a club capable of attracting a number of Europe’s top young stars, and Rutter is certainly in that category.

It’s a shame the deal wasn’t done in time for the Villa game, but he will certainly be needed in their next crucial game against high-flying Brentford next weekend.

The next few weeks are pivotal ones for the club and Marsch will be hoping Rutter can provide the team with that new-signing bounce, ahead of a pivotal run of fixtures.

In other Leeds United news, Marsch put his foot down to get a major Elland Road deal in place in the winter window.