By George Overhill

10th Jan, 2023 | 7:15am

Viktor Gyokeres still firmly on Leeds United radar if Georginio Rutter follows Bamba Dieng

Leeds United retain a “firm interest” in Viktor Gyokeres despite pushing forward with their move for Georginio Rutter, according to Leeds Live.

The young German forward is due to carry out a medical in England imminently, with Sky Sports Germany reporter Florian Plettenberg reported on Monday night (9 January) that he could arrive in the country as early as Tuesday.

But any late hitches in the deal could still see the Whites instead move for Coventry’s Swedish international as an alternative.

Andy Turner from Coventry Live told Leeds counterpart Beren Cross that the Mark Robins and the Sky Blues are determined to keep hold of the forward who is described as “so strong and powerful” but whose strength is running at defenders, although could still be moved by a sizeable bid if they can bring in an alternative.

Additionally, there is seen as an inevitability that the 24-year-old moves on in the foreseeable future, even if the summer window currently seen as most likely.

Insurance policy

With the Rutter deal moving as fast as it is Gyokeres would seem to be off the table for January, but Leeds United have been burnt in the recent past.

Bamba Dieng backed out of a deal on deadline day in the previous window as he was about to board a plane to the UK, embarrassing Andrea Radrizzani in the process after the owner had Tweeted a welcome, as he was wooed by Nice then failed a medical and remained at Marseille.

The failure of that move left the Whites scrambling in the closing hours of the window and ultimately unable to land a forward, forcing them to bring forward the proposed January move for Willy Gnonto.

Although the Italian has proven to be a hit despite the last minute change to the plans, the club are still after a central option up front to cover for the frequent absence of Patrick Bamford.

Rutter is apparently their man as they are ready to break the club’s transfer record for the Hoffenheim youngster, but this time around they have a target in mind if history repeats itself and what looks like a done deal somehow ends up not so.

Radrizzani doesn’t want to be left red-faced again but the Gyokeres emergency button is apparently there if necessary.

In other Leeds United news, the Whites have made a hefty bid for an in-demand target but the name of a European giant is being used to drive up the price.