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Bilyaletdinov seals Spartak switch

February 5, 2012
By ESPNsoccernet staff

Russia winger Diniyar Bilyaletdinov has completed his transfer from Everton to Spartak Moscow.

Diniyar Bilyaletdinov
GettyImagesDiniyar Bilyaletdinov won the Russian Premier League with Lokomotiv Moscow in 2004

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Bilyaletdinov, 26, is thought to have been signed by Spartak for a fee in the region of £5 million, with the move concluding an unsuccessful spell at Everton - where he's never really settled or impressed.

The midfielder, who has 39 caps for Russia, joined Everton from Lokomotiv Moscow for £10 million in 2009 and though his departure represents a substantial financial loss, it will bring a timely boost to the Merseyside club.

"He was a great boy to work with, a really good professional," Everton manager David Moyes told the club's official website. "When he played he was totally committed and he did everything he could to succeed. We wish him well. It just didn't quite work and obviously we've decided to sell.

"You could probably ask every manager in the Premier League about players and I can think of some clubs you could ask about a lot of players but, yes, Bily's been in here and not quite reached what we wanted. But I couldn't fault anything that he did - he is a good lad."

It remains to be seen whether Moyes will be given the funds to strengthen his squad, though he has recently recruited Darron Gibson and Landon Donovan.