Wednesday , February 1 2023

Leeds United sign striker Georginio Rutter from 1899 Hoffenheim!

Leeds United have announced the signing of striker Georginio Rutter for a club record transfer fee, subject to international clearance.

The 20-year-old joins the Whites from German Bundesliga side TSG 1899 Hoffenheim.

After successfully passing his medical, Rutter signed a long-term five-and-a-half year deal at Elland Road, with his contract running until the summer of 2028.

The Frenchman made his breakthrough with Stade Rennais, making his debut at the age of 18, in a 3-0 victory over AS Saint-Étienne in Ligue 1 in September 2020.

His first professional goal came in the UEFA Champions League in December of the same year, when he found the net against Sevilla.

On February 1, 2021, Rutter completed a transfer deadline day move to Hoffenheim with the German outfit keen to acquire his services.

He made his debut for the Blues in the UEFA Europa League against Molde FK and netted his first goal for the club in his first Bundesliga outing, a 4-0 victory over Werder Bremen.

In total, during his time in Germany, Rutter made 64 appearances in all competitions, scoring 11 goals and providing 11 assists.

The forward is also a French youth international and has earned 58 caps from Under-15 to Under-21 level.

He was given his Under-21s debut for France in March 2022, with whom he has four caps and has played alongside Whites goalkeeper Illan Meslier.

Rutter is ineligible to play in Wednesday’s Emirates FA Cup third round replay with Cardiff City, but will be introduced to the crowd ahead of kick-off at Elland Road.

He could make his Whites debut in next Sunday’s Premier League clash with FC Brentford.

The striker becomes Leeds United’s second signing of the January transfer window, following the arrival of Max Wober and he will wear the number 24 shirt.

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