Leeds United are making positive progress towards a deal for Hoffenheim striker Georginio Rutter after 48 hours of intense talks.
Leeds have spent the past two days attempting to finalise a fee with Hoffenheim, who value France Under-21 international Rutter at more than £30million up front.
Rutter’s representatives travelled to England on Monday night in an attempt to push forward a move which began to gather pace last weekend.
The 20-year-old striker, who is yet to arrive in Leeds himself but will fly in for a medical as soon as terms are finalised, was sidelined from training with Hoffenheim on Sunday after the strength of interest from Elland Road became apparent.
His arrival could break the transfer record at Leeds, currenting standing at the £27million paid for Rodrigo from Valencia in 2020, and discussions have focused on the level of fee the club will have to meet before add-ons and incentives.
Progress is understood to have been made this afternoon, raising hopes that the final pieces could be in place as soon as tomorrow.
Rutter would be Leeds’ second acquisition of January, following on from the £10million capture of Max Wober from RB Salzburg last week.
Leeds set a new forward as a priority for this window and had Rutter at the top of their list of targets.
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