By George Overhill

9th Jan, 2023 | 8:40am

Leeds United now on the verge of Georginio Rutter deal

Georginio Rutter should become the second Leeds United transfer of the January window early this week, according to an update from CBS Sports.

The US-based outlet classify the deal as one that is “in the six yard box”, meaning it is “happening, or at least on the verge of getting done” with personal terms already agreed with the 20-year-old striker.

According to RMC Sport’s Fabrice Hawkins, who reported via Twitter on Saturday night, those terms amount to €4million a year [£3.5million].

Hoffenheim have announced that the youngster is out of training while the situation is cleared up and now talks have reportedly “stepped up” between the clubs on the fee.

According to the latest update, the amount in question is thought to be $32million [£26.3million] which would prove to be at the lower end of the expected price range.

Published on Sunday night [8 January], it says: “Maximilian Wober was first in at Elland Road and the France under-21 international should be the second at some point early next week.”

The French under-21 international is in line to fill the gap in attack left by Patrick Bamford’s myriad injury issues.

Imminent

It looks to only be a matter of time now, and a short amount of time at that, for the Whites to have ticked off two of the major requirements of this window.

Questions may be asked as to whether covering the left-back problem with another natural centre-half who can play wide is the right way to go, and whether Rutter is worth such a big fee when he is still unproven.

But getting both done in the first half of the month would be a strong statement from the club that they aren’t taking a potential relegation battle lightly this year.

The transfer market isn’t an exact science, but at least Leeds United are being decisive in this window, which could give them an invaluable edge over their relegation rivals.

The signs are looking extremely positive for the Rutter deal now but some won’t be convinced until he is officially announced following the Bamba Dieng debacle in the summer.

And after Wober made his debut in the FA Cup at the weekend the manager is getting reinforcements to his squad in good time.

In other Leeds United news, the club could be set to rue “the one that got away” with Jesse Marsch facing a struggle to keep a talented player at Elland Road.