By Saikat Mandal

11th Jan, 2023 | 6:10pm

Leeds United now ready to announce Georginio Rutter signing after 'hard poker' - Sky Sports journalist

Leeds United are almost ready to announce the signing of Hoffenheim striker Georginio Rutter, according to Sky Sports journalist Florian Plettenberg.

After a “hard poker” negotiation on Tuesday (10 January) about financial details, the Whites have been able to strike a deal for the 20-year-old striker.

A total agreement has been reached for Rutter, with the Whites paying a total package of £35.4m to secure his signature. He will sign a long-term deal at Elland Road that will keep him until 2028.

“Hard poker yesterday about financial details but now there is a total agreement between the clubs! Been told it’s a total package of possible €40m transfer fee. Contract until 2028! Announcements of the clubs are prepared,” wrote Plettenberg on Twitter (11 January).

Wow

It looks like the Whites are now on the verge of securing their second major signing of the January window, having already signed Max Wober from RB Salzburg.

The club desperately needed to sign a new striker this month, and they have got their man.

The youngster had already agreed personal terms with Leeds, but there were concerns about whether the deal would go through after a quiet movement on Tuesday.

It seems both clubs have now reached an agreement with Leeds paying a premium fee, possibly the club record fee to sign Rutter.

The youngster is not known for his prolific goalscoring record but there is an element of mysticism about him. He is a fantastic dribbler who loves to run at defenders.

It will be interesting to see what the future holds for Joe Gelhardt following the arrival of Rutter. There is a high chance that the young Leeds striker could go out on loan this month.

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