Fabrizio Romano suggests Leeds could announce the club-record signing of Georginio Rutter from Hoffenheim on Friday with the player expected to sign on the dotted line this morning – and states that an initial fee will cost £24.8m.

Rutter, 20, has been expected to sign for Leeds this week. A report from Sky Germany’s Florian Plettenberg states that Leeds and Rutter have agreed a contract until the summer of 2028. Fabrice Hawkins says he will earn £68,000 a week.

It comes after a wonderful two years at Hoffenheim. Clocking up 64 outings in all competitions, starting only around half of those matches, the French talent has had a hand in 19 goals. He has scored 11 goals, laying on eight assists.

Now, Romano reports that Rutter will undergo a medical and sign a contract this morning. That is, after jetting in to Yorkshire last night. Rutter will cost Leeds an initial fee of £24.8million. Add-ons would set Leeds back £10.7million.

Romano: Leeds could announce Rutter on Friday, initial fee is £24.8m

Leeds have signed Max Wober from Salzburg and it looks as though the club are set to take their immediate spending to around £40million. Wober is thought to have cost more than £10million up front this month, with further add-ons.

But of course, the overall package makes a move for Rutter a record transfer. The add-ons worth £10.7million take the overall fee to £35.5million – a whole £8.5million more than the fee Leeds paid for Rodrigo. It seems like good business.

Can Rutter provide the spark that Leeds so desperately need? Well, maybe not straight away. Given he is 20, this one might be a bit of a slow burner. But with Cree Summerville out for a month, it might be Rutter is needed straight away.

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