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Wigan sign Dutch winger De Ridder

Daniel De Ridder
De Ridder was told he did not suit Birmingham's style of play in April

Wigan Athletic have signed Dutch winger Daniel de Ridder after he was released by Birmingham City on Monday.

It is the second time that De Ridder, 24, has signed for Steve Bruce after he took him to St Andrews last summer.

Wigan boss Bruce said: "Daniel is an exciting player and I'm convinced he can make an impact. He has very quick feet and can pull off the unexpected."

The ex-Holland Under-21 international has signed a three-year deal and Bruce expects further new signings to follow.

"It's clear we need to bring one or two new faces this summer and we are currently chasing several targets," he said. "Watch this space!"

De Ridder added: "When a manager says he wants you for his team it is very flattering, especially when it is a big team like Wigan who are now well established in the Premier League."

see also
De Ridder leaves Birmingham City
30 Jun 08 |  Birmingham
McLeish says de Ridder must wait
30 Apr 08 |  Birmingham
Birmingham sign winger De Ridder
03 Jul 07 |  Birmingham

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