By Sam Stone

11th Jan, 2023 | 10:10pm

Victor Orta works magic as Leeds United agree fee to sign Georginio Rutter from Hoffenheim

Victor Orta has managed to negotiate a lower fee for Georginio Rutter as Leeds United close in on the Hoffenheim forward, according to TEAMtalk.

The Daily Mail reported (11 January) Leeds are now likely to sign the striker for around £30million, which will set a new club-record transfer fee.

German news outlet SuedDeutsche had suggested (10 January) that Leeds could end up paying in the region of £35million for the 20-year-old Frenchman.

However, TEAMtalk have since revealed (11 January) Orta has worked his magic to negotiate a lower fee than was first thought.

Flying start

It’s been a flying start to the window for Leeds with Max Wober also coming through the door at Elland Road. It’s clear the board have been doing their due diligence ahead of the window opening, which has allowed for these transfers to be tied up relatively quickly.

It’s been a tough season so far, but there has to be some positivity over how effective Leeds are at getting deals over the line in the transfer market. It was a similar story in the summer with a number of deals being finalised before the halfway point in the window.

The pressure is now firmly on Jesse Marsch to get the most out of this group of players and ensure Leeds are not embroiled in a relegation battle at the end of the season. He has been backed heavily since his arrival in West Yorkshire and there’s now nowhere for the American to hide should he not be able to turn the Whites’ inconsistent form around.

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