Everton wanted Georginio Rutter but missed out on the French striker as he left Hoffenheim for Leeds United instead.
That’s according to iNews, who claim Everton missed out on some new strikers early in the January window.
It is believed Everton wanted to sign Danny Ings and then Frenchman Rutter but were unable to land either.
It now looks like Ings will remain at Aston Villa while Rutter has opted to join Leeds rather than Everton.
Everton need to find a striker in Frank Lampard somewhere this month who is in dire need of goals.
Atalanta hitman Duvan Zapata is now heavily linked, while West Ham United’s Michail Antonio is another option.
Leeds signing Georginio Rutter is a double whammy for Everton
Rutter, 20, has been identified by Leeds as a real talent for the future but it looks like Everton have a similar idea.
The Frenchman became a key target for Leeds and they had struck a deal just a week or so after rumors surfaced.
Leeds have agreed a deal worth up to £35million for Rutter and he was unveiled as a new white player on Saturday night.
Rutter is a superb dribbler and should keep Leeds attacking exciting for years to come.
However, with just two Bundesliga goals this season, Rutter would be expected to grow into a bigger goalscorer.
This ultimately feels like a double whammy for Everton.
Not only have they missed out on a talented young striker who could become a star, but also one of their direct rivals in the Premier League relegation battle.
Hoffenheim’s director of football, Alexander Rosen, said on the club’s official website that he believed Rutter was capable of “spectacular” quality in the last third.
That’s what Everton need right now but Rutter has joined Leeds instead – and he will look to keep Leeds alive while plunging Everton deeper into trouble.
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https://www.hitc.com/en-gb/2023/01/17/everton-leeds-united-georginio-rutter-hoffenheim/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=everton-leeds-united-georginio-rutter-hoffenheim Leeds United beat Everton in the race to sign Georginio Rutter