French journalist Fabrice Hawkins claims on Twitter that Leeds United will hand Hoffenheim wonderkid Georginio Rutter a contract worth £68,000 a week – with reports claiming that a deal for the French talent is at an advanced stage.

Rutter, 20, has impressed in the Bundesliga. Joining Hoffenheim in the summer of 2021 from Rennes, he has already clocked up 68 appearances for Hoffenheim. In that time, he has had a hand in 19 goals – scoring 11 goals himself.

Leeds are desperate to sign a striker and having brought in Max Wober – who impressed on debut – they have turned their attention to improving the final third. Fabrizio Romano says talks are at an advanced stage, with terms agreed.

Now, Hawkins reports that Leeds will hand Rutter a deal worth €4million a season, which equates to around £68,000 a week. A huge contract for a player of Rutter’s age, but clearly, Leeds like this youngster and are ready to back him.

Leeds will hand Rutter a contract worth £68,000 a week, with deal close

This is a serious bit of intent from Leeds. The question mark for Leeds, and indeed Rutter, is whether that hefty transfer fee will be repaid. But Sunday’s draw with Cardiff is proof Joe Gelhardt needs a loan – he is lacking a bit of confidence.

So, removing Gelhardt from the thought process, and with Patrick Bamford no longer able to be relied upon due to his injury issues – Leeds need a striker. One happy being in and around the starting XI. One that can learn from Rodrigo.

Bringing in a young player, who is eager and hungry to learn, makes sense. This is a move that could suit all parties. Even if it is costing Leeds a lot of cash – Rutter could have huge resale value. Hoffenheim get a big fee.

TSG Hoffenheim v VfL Wolfsburg - Bundesliga
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