Illan Meslier has liked a post on Twitter that suggests Leeds are close to a move to sign Hoffenheim talent Georginio Rutter, with Fabrizio Romano saying the Whites are in “advanced” talks after agreeing personal terms with the star.

Rutter, 20, is believed to be closing in on a big £26.5million move to Elland Road. Initial reports linked Leeds with a move for the France Under-21 international earlier this weekend. Now, a move looks as though it is going to happen.

Romano reports that Leeds have agreed personal terms, and that a deal is at an advanced stage. Rutter has impressed since joining Hoffenheim from French side Rennes. Indeed, he has had a hand in 19 goals in 64 senior appearances.

Now, Meslier has hinted a move is on the horizon. Having played alongside Rutter for France’s Under-21 side, Meslier liked a post on Twitter suggesting that a move is edging closer. It would end our much-needed search for a striker.

Meslier likes post suggesting Leeds are closing in on Rutter, fee is £26.5m

With Patrick Bamford only just returning to training having managed 20 senior appearances for Leeds since the start of the 2021-22 season – a striker was needed. One that could potentially replace Rodrigo in the long term at Elland Road.

Joe Gelhardt is seen as a long-term asset at Elland Road, but he is not getting the game time he perhaps requires. Rutter is a level above, given his first-team experience in the Bundesliga. He can also play out wide, adding versatility.

So, with Romano reporting what he has, and Meslier liking a story on Leeds signing Rutter – it looks as if a deal is more than likely to happen. It would end Leeds’ hunt for a no.9, having missed out on Cody Gakpo and Charles De Ketelaere.

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