By Daniel Feliciano

10th Jan, 2023 | 7:40am

Georginio Rutter 'actively pushing' for Leeds United move and ready to board plane - Phil Hay

Georginio Rutter is “actively pushing” for a move to Leeds United this month and is ready to board a plane if the teams agree a deal, according to Phil Hay.

The Whites have targeted the 20-year-old striker as their answer to their forward problems after persistent injuries to Patrick Bamford meant he was no longer reliable as the first-choice striker.

Now The Athletic‘s Phil Hay has shared that the club are heading in the direction of a club-record deal with Bundesliga outfit Hoffenheim for a transfer, which the player is very keen on.

“Sources in Germany were indicating to The Athletic that a deal with Leeds was on course for completion following talks over a fee which promised to break the transfer record at Elland Road set by the £27million ($32.9m) spent on Rodrigo in 2020,” he wrote (10 January).

“Rutter was actively pushing for the move and ready to board a plane.”

Excellent

Considering our most recent pushes for transfers in the striker department, it’s nice to hear that this one actually wants to come to Elland Road.

Cody Gakpo had a change of heart and didn’t want to come, after we spent most of the summer chasing Charles De Ketelaere when he had no interest in making the move either.

Then there was the whole Bamba Dieng fiasco on deadline day too when a deal was agreed only for the player to choose to move elsewhere while at the airport.

But while Rutter may not be a big name in the footballing world, his talent is clear, with Sky Sports pundit Kevin Hatchard calling him “unplayable” recently.

It’s a big financial package for a young player with a not so impressive record, but Victor Orta’s transfer record is good enough with these sorts of deals to trust him on this occasion as his eye for talent is rarely wrong.

In other Leeds news, Fabrizio Romano shares overnight update as Leeds close in on major transfer