Phil Hay reports in his latest Athletic piece that Hoffenheim wonderkid Georginio Rutter is actively pushing for a move to Leeds United this month – and is “ready to board a plane” with a Leeds medical expected in the next 48 hours.

Rutter, 20, is widely expected to be our second arrival after the club concluded a deal for Max Wober. The latter made his debut against Cardiff as a substitute in the FA Cup on Sunday. Leeds are now pushing closer to a move for Rutter.

German journalist Florian Plettenberg – who works for Sky Sports – says a medical will take place in the next two days. Now, Hay says talks are ongoing and Rutter is keen to join Leeds. A fee of £30million is expected to be paid.

Hay also reports that Rutter is ‘ready to board a plane’ when needed. He is desperate to join Leeds in the coming days. It would finally see Leeds end the need for a striker. He is currently contracted to Hoffenheim until June 2026.

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Hay said: “Sources in Germany were indicating to The Athletic that a deal was on course for completion following talks over a fee which promised to break the record. Rutter was actively pushing for the move and ready to board a plane.”

Hay: Rutter actively pushing for a move to Leeds, ready to board a plane

All the signs suggest this one will go through. A medical pencilled in, player willing and even his club Hoffenheim posting a statement on interest in him. He has been left out of friendly matches against Wolfsburg and Servette.

Rutter looks a real talent. Deemed “unplayable” at times by Bundesliga expert Kevin Hatchard earlier this month, Leeds are getting a player that has enormous potential. Is Leeds the platform for his talents? We will have to wait and see.

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