HULL CITY: Tigers ponder summer move for Derby's Paul Green
HULL City are keeping tabs on Derby County midfielder Paul Green as manager Nick Barmby bids to freshen up his squad this summer.
Green will leave Pride Park at the end of the season after rejecting Derby's final offer of a new contract and the Tigers are one of several clubs monitoring his future.
Championship rivals Ipswich and Leeds have both been linked to the 29-year-old free agent and the Mail understands Green has also been included on Barmby's transfer short-list.
Financial constraints at the KC Stadium mean City are expected to do the bulk of their business in the free transfer market this summer and Green has been identified as an attractive option to bolster their midfield ranks.
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City's head of football operations Adam Pearson oversaw Green's move to Pride Park as Derby chairman in 2008, while he is also a well-known face to City's development coach Kevin Kilbane, who played alongside Green during a loan spell with the Rams earlier this season as well as in the Republic of Ireland set-up.
Green's technical ability and versatility would suit Barmby's model and provide competition for Paul McKenna, Corry Evans and Tom Cairney in the heart of City's midfield, and provide cover at right-back.
With more than 400 league and cup appearances for Doncaster and Derby over the last decade, Green would also offer considerable experience to his suitors.
Derby boss Nigel Clough finally accepted that Green would search for a new club this summer after the player formally knocked back the offer of a fresh deal.
With the Rams keen to slash their wage bill this summer, Green declined to take a deal on reduced terms and will end a four-year association with Derby in June.
That decision saw Green axed from the 2-1 win at Portsmouth on Saturday and he is again expected to sit out the term's final fixture at home to Peterborough.
Although Green will end this season in the shadows, he will not be short of interest as a free agent ahead of a new campaign.
Ipswich boss Paul Jewell signed the midfielder from Doncaster four years ago and is known to be an admirer as he plans a summer shake-up at Portman Road. Neil Warnock, Leeds United's new boss, is another trailing Green ahead of a busy close-season at Elland Road.
Green may choose to delay a decision over his future until after Euro 2012.
Although his involvement in Republic of Ireland's qualifying campaign was limited by a cruciate injury 16 months ago, Green is well-liked by Giovanni Trapattoni and is expected to be named in a 23-man squad for the Championships that begin on June 8.
CITY'S final game of the season at West Ham United on Saturday (12.30 kick-off) will be broadcast live on Sky Sports.
The Hammers could clinch automatic promotion to the Premier League with a win, providing Coventry can upset Southampton at St Mary's Stadium.