Fabrizio Romano has reported on Sunday morning that Leeds United have agreed personal terms with Hoffenheim talent Georginio Rutter – with a deal at a “very advanced” stage to sign Illan Meslier’s France Under-21 teammate.

Links with Rutter have emerged this weekend and now, it looks as if Leeds are closing in on a move. French outlet L’Equipe report that the Whites have made a £26.5million bid to sign Rutter – who joined Hoffenheim in January 2021.

Costing Hoffenheim less than £1million after just five senior Rennes outings, Rutter has gone on to play 64 times for the Bundesliga side. In that time, he has had a hand in 19 goals – scoring 11 and laying on eight assists in Germany.

That form, mainly as a striker, has caught the eye. While he only has two goals and three assists in 17 appearances this season, he has only started 12 times – and completed 90 minutes on five occasions. Rutter is on his way to Leeds.

Romano delivers a new update. A fee of £26.5million is being discusses, personal terms have been agreed and a deal as Romano reports, is a a long way down the line. It looks as if Leeds are going to complete their second January move.

Romano: Leeds have agreed personal terms with Hoffenheim talent Rutter

While there are some question marks as to whether Rutter is the answer, it is Leeds moving quickly. Signing a player that eases the lack of options up top. A striker, one that will surely replace Patrick Bamford – who remains out injured.

Leeds fans have been crying out for a striker and the Whites are about to spend big. Rutter is certainly a talent. The same age as the likes of Joe Gelhardt and Crysencio Summerville, but with more senior game time. More goals.

Clearly, Leeds like him and are ready to spend a fee similar to the one that saw Rodrigo become our record signing. A big move from Victor Orta and the Leeds board – but a clear sign of intent, and one that should get us excited.

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