EVERTON are ready to spend the first chunk of the cash they receive for Joleon Lescott by signing Lokomotiv Moscow captain Diniyar Bilyaletdinov.
The Blues agreed a deal with Manchester City for Lescott over the weekend and they will receive an initial £22million, which could end up reaching £24m with add-ons.
Now David Moyes has the cash to make some serious moves before the transfer window closes and first through the door will be Bilyaletdinov.
A delegation from Goodison Park will fly out to Hamburg today to conduct a medical with the Russia international, who operates on the left-side of midfield.
Capped 28 times by his country, Bilyaletdinov will add a presence to Everton's engine room - his 6ft 1ins - and will cost Everton £8.9m.
The 24-year-old will require a work permit but there should not be any problems, as he is now a regular for Russia and helped them reach the semi-finals of Euro 2008.
With Valencia midfielder Ever Banega also expected to arrive on Merseyside this week, Moyes can now turn his attentions to filling the void created by Lescott's departure.
He has a number of targets in mind, ranging from West Ham's Matthew Upson to David Wheater of Middlesbrough and Bolton's Gary Cahill, but recognises that he needs to move swiftly.