Sky Germany journalist Florian Plettenberg reports that Leeds United have a “total agreement” to sign Georginio Rutter from Hoffenheim – sharing that Rutter will sign a contract until June 2028, and that he will cost a total fee of £35.5m.

Rutter, 20, has been strongly linked with Leeds and looks set to become the club’s second signing of the window. It comes after a wonderful 18 months at Hoffenheim, having a hand in 19 goals in 64 games for the Bundesliga club.

Power, pace, flair, skill, goals, assists. Rutter has enormous talent and that is shown in Leeds spending a club-record fee to get him. Kevin Hatchard says he is almost “unplayable” at times and Leeds fans can expect an exciting addition.

Leeds are expected to announce the arrival of Rutter in the coming days. Phil Hay reports that talks took a positive turn on Wednesday afternoon. Now, Plettenberg – who initially broke the story – says Leeds have agreed a deal until 2028.

Plettenberg reports Leeds have total agreement to sign Rutter until 2028

Leeds do have options in attack. Up top, Patrick Bamford could be closing in on a return from injury. Rodrigo netted his 11th goal of the season against Cardiff and Joe Gelhardt remains an option. But the latter could be told to go on loan.

Then, he can also play out wide. Cree Summerville and Willy Gnonto have been excellent this season. Jack Harrison has had his moments. Luis Sinisterra is yet to prove to Leeds why they splashed out £26m to get him from Feyenoord.

Rutter comes in to provide Rodrigo with top-tier cover – and competitions. Out wide, he could be used. But it is more as a striker that Leeds have decided to spend big and bring in Rutter. Will he thrive? Well, he will require time.

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