Drenthe moves to Hercules on loan from Real Madrid

Dutch utility player Royston Drenthe has moved to promoted

Hercules on loan from Real Madrid.

Drenthe made only eight league appearances last season. He has

mostly played in the midfield during his three seasons at Madrid,

but can also play at fullback.

The 23-year-old Drenthe joined Madrid in 2007 for a reported ?13

million (then-$18 million) but never found a regular place in the

team. He helped Madrid win the Spanish league in 2008.

Hercules has been one of the most active teams in the transfer

market, signing former France striker David Trezeguet from Juventus

and Paraguay forward Nelson Valdez from Borussia Dortmund.