Bilyaletdinov set for Russia return

Everton midfielder Diniyar Bilyaletdinov is on the verge of returning to his homeland, with Spartak Moscow close to completing a transfer for him.

The Russia international arrived at Goodison Park in a £10million from Lokomotiv Moscow back in 2009, but has failed to impress the Merseyside fans or get a consistent run of games in David Moyes’ team.

With Euro 2012 looming, the winger is eager to get regular first-team football, and Spartak have confirmed that they are ready to end his ill-fated time in England.

“Spartak have agreed in principle with both the English club and the 26-year-old Russian international about his transfer,” a statement on the Russian club’s website reads.

“The contract should be signed after the player completes his medical.”

Meanwhile, Bilyaletdinov’s countryman Roman Pavlyuchenko may well be set for a prolonged stay at Tottenham.

The frustrated attacker’s agent has confirmed that despite the player wanting to leave White Hart Lane, the club have opted to enforce a clause in his contract to extend his deal for an extra 12 months.

“Tottenham, headed by Mr [Daniel] Levy, had the option of extending his contract, and they have done so,” Oleg Artemov told Championat.

“They informed UEFA, FIFA and the English FA that they have extended the contract by a year.”

By Gareth McKnight