By Anthony Onifade

11th Jan, 2023 | 2:10pm

Leeds United want third January signing after Maximilian Wober and Georginio Rutter - Graham Smyth

Leeds United could look to add a third signing after completing a deal for TSG Hoffenheim forward Georgino Rutter, according to Yorkshire Evening Post correspondent Graham Smyth.

The Whites could well be about to add their second signing of the January window, following the signing of Maximilian Wöber from Jesse Marsch’s old club Red Bull Salzburg.

According to Sky Sports [10 January], the club are close to securing the signature of French-born striker Rutter for a club-record fee of £35.3m, with talks at an advanced stage for the 20-year-old with a medical expected in the next couple of days.

And according to the latest reports, the club board may not stop there, with further backing for Marsch to be potentially expected.

Leeds correspondent Smyth shared an exciting transfer update for the club fans.

Writing in the Yorkshire Evening Post [10 January], he said: “And despite suggestions from the club in December that a left-back and a striker would be the January additions in an ideal world, the YEP understands it’s possible that they could now also add a further signing in another area of the pitch.”

Intrigue

Smyth’s update will come as much excitement for the Leeds United faithful.

Rutter and Wober certainly represent impressive additions, especially as they ideally fit the kind of culture and environment that Marsch is building over at Elland Road.

A young, hungry and vibrant squad is what the fans have been crying out for for the past year or so, and the signings made over the summer and this month so far have not only boosted the aura and excitement around the club but allowed fans to dream again. They have got their club back.

And Smyth’s report will be leaving a lot of intrigue for the remainder of the January window as to who the club could be recruiting next.

The club is certainly building for the future, but more crucially it will raise expectations at Elland Road too. Marsch’s philosophy is clearly being backed, but now he must deliver on what’s been promised.

It could all come to nothing if the club are still languishing near the bottom of the Premier League.

In other Leeds United news, two unnamed clubs table proposal for central midfield target Whites want to sign in January.