By Craig Scott

8th Jan, 2023 | 7:50am

Fabrizio Romano: Leeds United in advanced talks to sign Georginio Rutter, personal terms agreed

Leeds United are now in advanced talks to sign Hoffenheim’s French forward Giorginio Rutter, according to Fabrizio Romano.

The Guardian journalist reported via his personal Twitter account early on Sudnay morning (8 January) that while personal terms are already agreed with the 20-year-old, Leeds and Hoffenheim are still discussing a transfer fee worth around £26.4million.

Romano adds that talks with continue in the coming hours and in the coming days so that Rutter becomes Leeds’ second singing of the January transfer window after Maximilian Wober married from Red Bull Salzburg at the start of this week.

Huge signing

Well, we didn’t expect this.

Leeds fans have been crying out for a new left-back and reinforcement up front for a long time now.

Finally, it seems Victor Orta is being allowed to do that by Andrea Radrizzani, who many would have thought would be stingy in his approach this January as a sale of the club nears.

Rutter is an out-and-out striker.

Some fans might be worried looking at his goalscoring record though as he’s scored just two goals in 15 Bundesliga appearances this season, of which 11 of them have been starts.

He’s got 11 Bundesliga goals in total in 57 appearances at Hoffenheim, so there is a bit of encouragement there.

Ultimately, Rutter is a young striker with bags of potential.

He’ll turn 21 near the end of the season, he’s a France Under-21s international and Leeds wouldn’t be ready to pay such a big fee fore him if they weren’t sure he was a talent.

Let’s see how this unfolds but it looks like our transfer record could be smashed this month

In other Leeds United news, the Whites want to sign this in-form Eredivise player who’d cost over £15million.