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Leeds United get their man - and that man is Paul Green

“Paul is another player I’ve been after for a long time,” said Neil Warnock after signing the Ireland midfielder to a two-year deal.

WE’RE NOT SURE if it was the 10-minute cameo against Spain or his exploits on the Montecatini golf course but Paul Green’s performance at Euro 2012 has been rewarded — with a move to Leeds United.

The Republic of Ireland midfielder has signed a two-year deal which sees him move to Elland Road when the transfer window re-opens on 1 July.

Green was released by Derby County after he failed to agree contract terms at the end of last season and was then gifted a shock eleventh-hour call-up by Giovanni Trapattoni when Keith Fahey withdrew with a groin injury.

The 29-year-old was one of the few players at Euro 2012 without a club, but following Ireland’s early exit, Leeds boss Neil Warnock stepped in to make him the Championship side’s third signing of the summer.

“Paul is another player I’ve been after for a long time, but obviously he was called up by Ireland for the European Championships so we’ve had to be a bit patient,” Warnock told Leeds’ official website today.

I’ve seen him grow from his days at Doncaster and I’m delighted to have him here.

I’ve always thought that he is a player who can create goals as well as score them, and he has just the type of attitude we need at Elland Road.

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