Leeds United have seemingly confirmed their interest in Georginio Rutter, with L’Equipe in France reporting that the Whites have now made a £26.5 million bid for the striker.
Links with Rutter emerged on Saturday with Victor Orta seemingly on the lookout for a new forward. Sky Germany reported that Hoffenheim were aware that Jesse Marsch’s men want the 20-year-old.
That report noted that he could cost between £26.5 million and £35 million. Meanwhile, Rutter himself is open to making the move to Elland Road in the January transfer window.
Leeds make Rutter bid
And it seems that Leeds have now made their move. According to L’Equipe, the Premier League side have now made a £26.5 million bid for Rutter. The report does not share whether Hoffenheim could accept the offer. But obviously, it is seemingly quite common for opening bids to be rejected.
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It is exciting that Leeds have been linked with such a bid. Certainly, it is encouraging that a couple of outlets have now suggested that the Whites are keen on Rutter.
Leeds absolutely need another striker. Rodrigo has been sensational so far this season. But his previous form had been underwhelming. Meanwhile, neither Joe Gelhardt or Patrick Bamford have scored in the Premier League this season.
Rodrigo’s form has potentially taken some of the pressure off. Leeds can look to someone who ticks some of the same boxes as a Willy Gnonto. The Italian is making an impact for the first-team, but he has been signed as one for the future.
Rutter would potentially be in a similar position. A big fee would clearly put some pressure on his shoulders. And we would want him to get a few goals this season if he did join. FBRef compares him to the likes of Breel Embolo and Randal Kolo Muani. But there would be no question that his best days are in front of him.