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Brighton have £30m bid rejected for Leeds United star Georginio Rutter

Brighton have £30m bid rejected for Leeds United star Georginio Rutter

Brighton have had a £30m bid for Leeds star Georginio Rutter rejected, talkSPORT understands.

The Seagulls are looking to strengthen their attacking options this summer ahead of the new Premier League season.

Brighton have seen a bid for Rutter rejected by Leeds

They will now consider whether to improve their offer for the French striker – who joined Leeds for £36million just 18 months ago – or pursue other targets.

Rutter is not the first Leeds player Brighton have targeted as the Seagulls open talks over a move for Crysencio Summerville.

After progressing into professional football at Rennes, Rutter joined Hoffenheim in January 2021 before spending two years with the German side.

With 11 goals and eight assists in that time, the forward completed a £36million move to Elland Road in January 2023 – a club-record fee for the Whites.

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Despite failing to score in 11 Premier League games as Leeds suffered relegation, Rutter showed what he was capable of last season.

In 51 appearances for Leeds, Rutter scored eight goals and provided 16 assists to help Leeds finish third in the Championship.

After losing to Southampton in the play-off final, Rutter will have a big role to play for Daniel Farke’s side as they seek promotion back to the Premier League at the second attempt.

Brighton will have a new man in charge, with Fabian Hurzeler taking over as head coach at the AMEX Stadium.

Rutter scored eight times for Leeds in the Championship last seasonCredit: Getty

The 31-year-old German boss revealed how Jurgen Klopp gave him advice on the Premier League before he took over, telling talkSPORT: “Yeah, so I had some connections with Germans who have worked in the Premier League.

“One of them was Jurgen Klopp and he gave me very, very important advice. He was one of the most successful managers in the Premier League.

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“I asked him about the differences between football in Germany and football in England, about the culture, about the people, the media.

“All the areas that are important to coaches, so. He was very, very helpful.”