De Vries makes Dutch move
By Tom Adams
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Leicester City striker Mark de Vries has joined Heerenveen on loan until the summer.Leicester City striker Mark de Vries has joined Heerenveen on loan until the end of the season, with a view to a permanent move.
The former Hearts man, hero of the dramatic 3-2 FA Cup win over Tottenham, was brought to the club by Craig Levein, but has been viewed as disposable after the sacking of the Scot.
The arrival of Matt Fryatt also put further pressure on the 30-year-old who has scored just seven league goals since his move south of the border 12 months ago.
Foxes caretaker boss Rob Kelly has revealed that the Championship side felt they had enough options in attack, and were keen to free up space by letting de Vries leave until the end of the season.
"After speaking to the player he indicated he would be happy to make the move back to Holland for the loan period," said Kelly.
"Mark plays in the one area of the pitch where we've got cover and allowing him to leave could give the club flexibility to boost the squad in other areas."
The arrival of de Vries will help Heerenveen cope with the loss of Georgios Samaras, who joined Manchester City for £6 million on Monday.