OFFICIAL: Everton Sign Diniyar Bilyaletdinov From Lokomotiv Moscow

_44246001_bilyaletdinov_afp416Everton have announced the signing of midfielder Diniyar Bilyaletdinov from Lokomotiv Moscow for an as yet unconfirmed sum believed to be around €11.5 million.

A statement on the club’s official website reads, “Everton have signed Russian international Diniyar Bilyaletdinov from Lokomotiv Moscow for an undisclosed fee.

“Blues officials met with the player and his representatives in Hamburg on Monday (due to the fact he is permitted to enter Germany with a Russian passport without a visa) where the midfielder signed a five year contract that will keep him on Merseyside until 2014.

“The 24-year-old, who is an established international with 28 caps, will now return to Russia to complete the formalities of a visa application to enter the UK.”

The Toffees’ chief executive, Robert Elstone, was pleased with the transfer, and claimed that manager David Moyes had got the player he wanted.

“We are delighted to have secured the services of Diniyar,” said Elstone.

“I know David Moyes has wanted to bring him to Goodison for some time and we look forward to welcoming him.”

Bilyaletdinov is expected to be prepared for English football by the time the Merseyside club take on Fulham during the second week of September.

Everton official website

~ by footballdirecta on August 25, 2009.

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