Florian Plettenberg has claimed for Sky Germany that Leeds United are now interested in a deal for Hoffenheim striker Georginio Rutter in a move which could cost over £35 million.

The Whites have made a bright start to the January transfer window. Maximilian Wober has come in to provide competition at both centre-back and left-back.

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But there is no question that Jesse Marsch’s men need more. And one area fans would love to see strengthened is up front, with Patrick Bamford yet to make an impact this season.

Leeds monitoring Georginio Rutter

It seems that Leeds could really be ready to push the boat out for another forward. Sky Germany is now reporting that Hoffenheim are aware of interest from Leeds in Rutter.

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Talks are yet to begin between the two clubs. However, the 20-year-old is open to making the move to Elland Road. He could command a club-record fee, with Sky Germany reporting that he will cost between £26.5 million and £35 million.

Rutter has not been prolific in Germany this season, scoring just two goals in 15 games and also providing two assists. But he did find the back of the net eight times in the Bundesliga last term.

Leeds do not necessarily need someone to be an immediate first-choice. Rodrigo has been a revelation in front of goal this season. But we certainly need greater depth in the final third.

Rutter makes a lot happen for his team. And he works so hard from a defensive perspective.

Obviously, he is not yet the finished article. But FBRef compares the youngster with the likes of Breel Embolo and Randal Kolo Muani. So it would be quite a statement if Leeds brought him in during this window.

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