By George Overhill

9th Jan, 2023 | 11:40am

Premier League football for Georginio Rutter at Leeds United very close after Hoffenheim keep him out

Georginio Rutter will “soon play in the Premier League” with Leeds United now “very close” to signing the Hoffenheim man, RMC Sport reports.

The German side announced in a press release on Sunday (8 January) that the 20-year-old would not be in training or playing for them due to a need to “decide what is best for THG Hoffenheim in the circumstances” amid the reports of his move to Elland Road.

RMC Sport have somewhat harshly termed this as the under-21 international being “kicked out by his club”, but while the Bundesliga outfit stated an interest in the thoughts of the player they are still protecting what looks set to be a highly lucrative deal for them.

The report from France says: “According to RMC Sport information, Hoffenheim striker Georginio Rutter is on the way to joining Leeds during this winter transfer window for a sum which could be around 30 million euros [£26.4million]. French international U21 passed by Rennes, the 20-year-old player should soon play in the Premier League.”

Ready to go

When a club publicly acknowledges a major transfer like this and makes moves to keep the player out of harm’s way, but crucially they do not rebuke the interested buyer, then the deal is a long way to being done.

It is serious money for a player who has a lot of developing still to do, but he is tipped as having major potential so if he realises it in a Leeds United shirt this could be a game-changer.

There is no shortage of highly-rated young goal scorers in West Yorkshire currently, so it is fair to question the wisdom of spending so much on another one, but the club must believe Rutter can surpass all of Joe Gelhardt, Sonny Perkins and Mateo Joseph.

Joffy may be in line for a loan exit if this deal comes through imminently [The Athletic, 8 January] and supporters might be uneasy that it isn’t an established senior option coming in.

The hierarchy have clearly decided that Rutter could be a star in the next few years, and the inevitable sell-on value is sure to have factored in.

Hoffenheim look to be on the brink of benefiting from that right now, and should the young forward hit the ground running at Elland Road it could be the Whites banking multiples of the fee in a few years’ time.

In other Leeds United news, yet another club target may have already played his last game for his current side ahead of a potential January move.