Leeds United hope for a conclusion to talks with Hoffenheim over a £30million deal for Georginio Rutter on Wednesday, which will be a club-record outlay. The Elland Road outfit have been in ongoing negotiations with the Bundesliga side over the striker as they look to boost their own options in attack.

The 20-year-old France Under 21 international is keen to make the move and wants to arrive in Leeds as soon as possible to undergo a medical. Rutter has scored twice in 17 games in all competitions for the Bundesliga outfit this season.

Rutter didn’t feature in Hoffenheim’s recent mid-season friendlies and speaking about the situation, their director of football Alexander Rosen hinted at his impending departure. As detailed before, Hoffenheim were pushing for around £35m including add-ons – hence the protracted discussions. However, even at a lower price now it will still surpass the £27m club-record fee Leeds paid for Rodrigo from Valencia.

‘It is also important to include the thoughts of Georginio and those around him, because after all we are not talking about a piece of furniture here, but about the future of a young person.’ ‘Ultimately we have to decide what is best for Hoffenheim under the given circumstances,’ he said. Elsewhere, Leeds want to recall Charlie Cresswell from his loan at Millwall.


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