Georginio Rutter transfer prediction made amid Brighton's £30m bid for the Leeds United ace

Former Leeds United goalkeeper Paul Robinson expects Brighton and Hove Albion to return with an improved transfer offer for Georginio Rutter. As exclusively revealed by Leeds Live earlier this week, the Whites rejected a £30m bid from the Seagulls for the forward.

United have already lost one of their prized assets in the summer transfer window, selling homegrown talent Archie Gray to Tottenham Hotspur for £40m. Rutter, who has four years left on his contract with the Championship side, played an instrumental role in the Whites' promotion push last term. The Frenchman weighed in with eight goals and 16 assists as United narrowly missed out on a Premier League return.

Robinson told Football Insider: “I don’t think £30million is a bad price for Rutter. I’m surprised Leeds turned that bid down. They obviously think they can get more for him.

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“I think he was sporadic during the season. Piroe had a good start to the season too, but neither of them scored the amount of goals you want from a number nine. I’d be surprised if Rutter didn’t leave.

“If Brighton are still at the table with that type of money already then that’s only going to be pushed up, but I think it’s a good deal.

“If they can get more than £30million for Rutter, some of it can be reinvested in an out-and-out number nine. Ideally, you wouldn’t want either him or Summerville to go because they were an important part of the squad last season. £30million for Rutter would not be a bad deal as long as it goes back into the squad.”