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European transfer deadline day has proved to be fruitful for one American abroad.
Mikkel Diskerud has been loaned from Stabaek in his native Norway to Belgian top flight club KAA Gent, the club announced on Tuesday. The loan comes with an option to buy at the end of the season and gives Diskerud a chance to prove his worth for a different club for the first time in his brief career.
With the loan, the 21-year-old Diskerud moves from a middling Norwegian club in financial trouble to a team that is in the thick of the Belgian title race. Gent sits in second place and seven points behind league-leading Anderlecht.
Diskerud, a member of all three U.S. Under-23 training camps since Caleb Porter took over as coach, had been rumored to be on the move from Stabaek, and most reports had Norwegian club Lillestrom being his next destination. Instead, he is headed to Belgium — at least temporarily — where he will join Sacha Kljestan as U.S. international central midfielders playing in the country's top tier.
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