Sky in Germany: Leeds reach 'total agreement' with Hoffenheim for Georginio Rutter in a club-record £35.5m deal; move for 20-year-old forward would surpass the club's current record fee of £27m paid for Rodrigo
Wednesday 11 January 2023 18:21, UK
Leeds have reached a 'total agreement' to sign Hoffenheim forward Georginio Rutter in a club-record £35.5m deal, according to Sky in Germany.
Talks have progressed well and Leeds are moving closer to finalising a deal. Intense negotiations have taken place in the last 48 hours.
The player will undergo a medical once final details are sorted, with the total package for the 20-year-old totalling a "possible" €40m (£35.5m) transfer fee.
A deal for the France U21 international would surpass the club's current transfer record fee of £27m paid for Rodrigo from Valencia in August 2020.
It is understood that Rutter will sign a contract that will keep him at Elland Road until 2028.
Rutter has scored twice in 17 games in all competitions this season for Hoffenheim and has an overall record of 11 goals in 64 appearances for the Bundesliga side.
His potential arrival would be the second signing of the January window for Leeds after they brought in Austrian defender Max Wober from Red Bull Salzburg for a fee in the region of £11m.
Jesse Marsch's side sit 14th in the Premier League, two points above the relegation zone and face Aston Villa on Friday, live on Sky Sports.
Who will be on the move this winter? The January transfer window opens on Sunday January 1, 2023 and closes at 11pm on Tuesday January 31, 2023.
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