Wigan winger Daniel De Ridder has joined Ligue 1 outfit Valenciennes on a short-term trial in an effort to get his career back on track. The Dutch winger has become a forgotten man at the DW Stadium, slipping alarmingly down the pecking order.

The Latics have therefore agreed to let the 26-year-old head off to France in an effort to find a new club.

Valenciennes have confirmed that they will be taking a look at De Ridder, with a place available in their squad for a creative influence.

"He is on trial for at least one week," Valenciennes chairman Francis Decourriere told L'Equipe.

"He is a real winger and since the departures of Fahid Ben Khalfallah to Bordeaux and Johan Audel to Stuttgart, that is what we miss the most.

"The injury to Gaetan Bong has also hurt us and left us a little short."

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