Leeds aim to beat Boro and Ipswich to sign Paul Green this week

LEEDS United boss Neil Warnock hopes to complete the transfer of Paul Green from Derby County later this week.

Middlesbrough and Ipswich also chasing the Republic of Ireland international, who has signalled a move after refusing to sign a new deal with Derby.

He said: “Hopefully something will be sorted by the back end of the week.” Green added he was looking for a “fresh challenge” after four seasons at Derby.

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He underwent cruciate ligament surgery last year and made 30 appearances for Derby this season.

He said: “I sat down with my family and discussed it and came to the decision that it was time for a change.”

Green has more than 400 senior appearances to his name and is one of five players named on standby by Ireland coach Giovanni Trapattoni for Euro 2012.