Hapoel TA finalizes de Ridder signing

Team agrees to pay reported £180,000 to take the Dutch-Jewish midfielder on loan from Wigan Athletic for the rest of the season.

January 21, 2010 12:17
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Hapoel TA. (photo credit: Hapoel TA)


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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 season.

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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 campaign.

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.

"They 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 Kazan."

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.


Bolivian international 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.

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