Everton Sign Bilyaletdinov
Blues sign Russian international for an undisclosed fee.
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.
Unfortunately for the Blues, the player will be ineligible for Thursday's Europa League play-off 2nd leg with Sigma Olomouc due to the Uefa registration deadline passing - and it remains unlikely that he will have arrived on Merseyside in time to prepare for the weekend's Premier League clash with Wigan.
He is due in the UK in early September for Russia's World Cup qualifier with Wales and the likelihood is that he will join up with his new teammates for the first time ahead of the trip to Fulham the following weekend.
"We are delighted to have secured the services of Diniyar," said Everton chief executive Robert Elstone.
"I know David Moyes has wanted to bring him to Goodison for some time and we look forward to welcoming him."
Bilyaletdinov broke into Lokomotiv's first team in 2004, quickly forging a reputation for his direct running style as well as displaying the leadership skills which would later be rewarded with the captain's armband.
The tall left-footer helped Lokomotiv to only their second Russian title in his debut season, earning the League's Young Player of the Year accolade in the process.
Bilyaletdinov is a regular for the Russian national team after making his debut aged 20. He featured in every game of their memorable run to the semi-finals of Euro 2008, where they lost to eventual winners Spain.
Before that he played in 10 of Russia's 12 qualifying matches for the tournament, including two games against England.
Dinyar's father, Rinat, was also a professional player with Lokomotiv Moscow and is now the club's reserve-team coach.