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Lescott completes Manchester City switch

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  • Manchester City have finalized the signing of Everton defender Joleon Lescott
  • City boss Mark Hughes believes Lescott's versatility will make him a success
  • Everton have confirmed the signing of Russian midfielder Diniyar Bilyaletdinov
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(CNN) -- Mark Hughes, the manager of English Premier League side Manchester City, is confident Joleon Lescott's versatility will ensure his success at the Eastlands-based side after the defender finalized his drawn out transfer to the club.

Joleon Lescott has signed a five-year contract with Manchester City.

Joleon Lescott has signed a five-year contract with Manchester City.

The 27-year-old passed a medical and agreed personal terms with City after meeting officials on Monday and agreed a five-year deal.

The move of the England defender from rivals Everton had looked in doubt with the player's former manager David Moyes reluctant to lose his man so close to the end of the transfer window.

However, the Lescott's decision to hand in a transfer request, and a fee -- believed to be in the region of $39 million -- prompted the sale to go through.

Hughes told the club's official Web site: "I am absolutely delighted to welcome Joleon to Manchester City. He is an England international who has proved his Premier League ability during his time at Everton

"In bringing Joleon to the club I feel we have recruited a defender of the very highest quality. He can play in a number of defensive positions, and I'm positive he will make a significant impact for us."

Lescott admitted he is excited to have completed his move and keen to meet his new teammates.

"I'm over the moon to get the move completed, and I'm looking forward to training with the lads as I've not trained for a few days," he added.

"I know some of the lads already. The way this club is moving on, I'm really looking forward to being a part of that."

Moyes has been quick to bolster his squad after Everton confirmed the signing of Russia midfielder Diniyar Bilyaletdinov from Lokomotiv Moscow for an undisclosed fee yesterday.

The 24-year-old met with club officials on Monday in Hamburg and signed a five-year contract.

Bilyaletdinov will now return to his homeland to complete the formalities of a visa application to enter the UK.

"We are delighted to have secured the services of Diniyar," Everton chief executive Robert Elstone told the club's official Web site.

"I know manager David Moyes has wanted to bring him to the club for some time and we look forward to welcoming him."

Bilyaletdinov will not be eligible for Thursday's Europa League play-off second leg against Sigma Olomouc and is unlikely to be in England for Sunday's Premier League clash with Wigan.

The player has won 28 caps for his country and played in every game during last summer's memorable run to the Euro 2008 semi-finals under Guus Hiddink.

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