Transfer watch: Bilyaletdinov to Moscow but no Willian for Blues

 

Everton's Russian midfielder Diniyar Bilyaletdinov is set to join Spartak Moscow, after agreeing terms. The Russian Premier League club said they expected to complete the move after a medical.

The Ukrainian club Shakhtar Donetsk, meanwhile, said they had rejected a £16.7m offer from Chelsea for Willian, a 23-year-old Brazilian midfielder. Chelsea did not comment, although after Saturday's 0-0 draw at Norwich their manager, Andre Villas-Boas, said Willian was "very interesting".

Newcastle have been rebuffed in their attempt to prise the defender Adrian Mariappa away from Watford. An initial bid of £3m was rejected by the Championship club. Bolton and Swansea are also interested in the 25-year-old.

The Queen's Park Rangers loan target Henrique has been refused a work permit, much to manager Mark Hughes' dismay. A fuming Hughes was expecting great things of the 20-year-old Brazilian, but will now have to focus on other potential signings.

Rabiu Ibrahim yesterday said he had fulfilled a personal ambition by joining Celtic, after his move from PSV Eindhoven was completed. The 20-year-old Nigerian midfielder has been granted a work permit.

Ibrahim, who has signed a three-and-a-half year deal, said: "I feel very happy and excited to be joining Celtic. I have wanted to join Celtic for a long time, to develop myself. The atmosphere here is great, and the people are great. I already feel at home."

Wigan were reported to have agreed an undisclosed fee for Birmingham City's Chile winger Jean Beausejour.

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