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Birmingham release Wigan target De Ridder

Birmingham City have announced the departure of midfielder Daniel de Ridder.

The 24-year-old exits St Andrew's after just one season, with his contract cancelled by mutual consent.

The former Ajax youngster was signed on a free transfer from Spanish side Celta Vigo a year ago on a three-year deal but found opportunities scarce due to both form and fitness.

His release could alert the likes of Wigan boss Steve Bruce, who has been linked with a move for the versatile player. Bruce signed De Ridder for Birmingham last summer, before moving on to Wigan in November.

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