Leeds United ‘close in’ on big-money striker as Whites duo ‘eyed’ by Championship club

All the latest Leeds United transfer news and rumours as the Whites look to add strength to their squad.
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Leeds United are now preparing to return to Premier League action following an FA Cup date with old rivals Cardiff City.

The Whites continued their winless run following the restart with a draw in South Wales, coming from two goals behind to force a replay. It’s now three draws and a defeat following the restart, and Jesse Marsch’s men are in need of three points. On Friday, Leeds face Unai Emery’s in-form Aston Villa in the West Midlands, and it will be an interesting test against a side with top-half ambitions.

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In the meantine, we have rounded up all the latest transfer news and rumours surrounding Elland Road.

Rutter deal close

Leeds are said to be closing in on the signing of Georginio Rutter.

According to L'Equipe, the Whites are well on their way to landing the striker, who could arrive for more than £30million. It’s claimed the 20-year-old’s Leeds medical could take place in the coming days, and the French-born frontman is set to miss Hoffenheim’s next outing as the transfer draws closer.

It’s claimed Rutter has been offered a prominant role at Elland Road, with Marsch needing more dangerous players at the heart of his attack.

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Journalist Florian Plettenberg added: "Hard poker yesterday about financial details but now there is a total agreement between the clubs! Been told it’s a total package of possible €40m transfer fee. Contract until 2028! Announcements of the clubs are prepared."

Sunderland eye duo

Where there is an incoming, there may also be an outgoing. It’s claimed Joe Gelhardt could be loaned out as opportunities become more difficult to come by.

According to Leeds All Over, Sunderland are on the lookout for a loan striker this winter, and they could be interested in a deal to sign Gelhardt, who is highly rated. Interestingly, Sunderland are also said to be interested in snapping up Charlie Cresswell on loan, with the 20-year-old potentially returning early from his Millwall loan.

The Black Cats could do some serious shopping at Elland Road, and it will only benefit those Leeds players should they make the move, with Sunderland enjoying a strong season in the Championship.