MICK McCarthy will attempt to seal a deal to bring Ireland midfielder Paul Green to Ipswich Town before the transfer window closes tonight, writes AIDAN FITZMAURICE.
Green has managed to re-establish himself at international level following impressive displays against Latvia and Poland under Martin O'Neill, but the 30-year-old has fallen out of favour at Leeds United.
His last appearance for the Elland Road side was back in October, when he was substituted early in the second half of a defeat to his former club Derby County.
McCarthy is keen to bolster his midfield for Ipswich's promotion challenge and Green's experience at Championship level would be welcomed at Portman Road.
RACING SANTANDER coach Paco Fernandez has expressed his gratitude for the support shown to his players, who refused to play last night's Copa del Rey clash with Real Sociedad in protest over unpaid wages.
Fernandez's players, who have not been paid for several months, turned up and completed their warm-up at El Sardinero but, when the first whistle blew, it soon became evident there would not be a contest.
"I want to say thank you for the show of support we've had," Fernandez said at his post-match press conference. "We feel touched. We regret having to make this decision but we have done it out of respect to football, the sport that we love, and to ourselves.
"I want to thank my players for their bravery. Today was the biggest game of our lives and we have done it for our dignity. Without the fans' support, today's decision would have been very difficult to take."