Leeds United are closing in on a deal to sign Georginio Rutter, with The Athletic reporting that progress was made on a potential club-record deal on Wednesday afternoon.

Whites fans are anxiously awaiting news concerning the 20-year-old striker. Leeds have seemingly not hung around, with reports of their initial interest emerging over the weekend.

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The Athletic reports that the Frenchman’s representatives actually arrived in England on Monday as they looked to agree a deal for the Hoffenheim star.

Leeds make progress on Rutter talks

The Daily Mail reports on Wednesday that Leeds hoped to conclude talks in the coming hours. It would appear that they have not quite managed to get a move over the line. But it is seemingly close.

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According to The Athletic, progress was made in the afternoon. Hoffenheim want more than £30 million up front for the striker. So it would appear that Leeds are about to break their club-record, which currently stands at £27 million.

It is encouraging that Phil Hay is suggesting that Leeds’ pursuit is still on track. Of course, Leeds fans probably know better than anyone how a move could yet fall apart. But it does seem that everything is moving in the right direction right now.

And that will provide Jesse Marsch’s men with a big boost ahead of Friday’s clash with Aston Villa. It is certainly going to be a pivotal spell in the season for Leeds and Marsch.

Despite the prospective fee for Rutter, Leeds will know that – much like Willy Gnonto – he is largely one for the future with the ability to make an impact in the first-team right now.

So he may need time to settle in. But given what Gnonto has already achieved since his move, it would be extremely exciting if Rutter can have a similar impact in the coming months.

Whisper it very, very quietly, but it seems that a move may be edging closer.

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