(photo credit: Hapoel TA)
Hapoel Tel Aviv completed the signing of Daniel
de Ridder on Wednesday, agreeing to pay a reported £180,000 to take the
Dutch-Jewish midfielder on loan from Wigan Athletic for the rest of the
25-year-old, who began his career at Dutch giant Ajax before moving on
to Celta Vigo in Spain and Birmingham City, has not played for Wigan
this season and made just 18 appearances for the club during its last
De Ridder, who has Israeli citizenship and speaks fluent
Hebrew, will arrive in the country on Thursday and may even feature in
Hapoel's crucial showdown with Maccabi Haifa on Monday.
"[The fact that I am Jewish] is playing a role in choosing the
Israeli league. Yes, I can speak Hebrew but more important is that
Hapoel Tel Aviv is the current runner-up to Maccabi Haifa and still
plays in the Europa League," he told Sportweek
qualified from a group with big teams likes Hamburg, Celtic and Rapid
Vienna in first place. Now they play in the next round against Rubin
De Ridder will be hoping to revive his career in Tel Aviv.
Despite starring for the Dutch youth teams, he has yet to fulfill his
potential at the senior level and a successful six months at Hapoel
will raise his stock ahead of the summer transfer window.
defender Miguel Hoyos will also arrive in Israel on Thursday and is
expected to sign with Hapoel after passing a medical. The 28-year-old
will join from Bolivian club Bolivar.