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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

United, Everton Settle, Kanchelskis Moves On

LONDON -- Andrei Kanchelskis will make his Everton debut this weekend after his transfer from Manchester United was finally completed Friday -- just before the deadline.

After a week of negotiations, United removed its last objections to the ?5 million ($7.7 million) deal when Everton agreed to pay half of a sell-on fee, to a maximum of ?550,000, as demanded by Shakhtyor Donetsk.

Everton officials thought they had landed the unhappy Kanchelskis before the start of the season. But the deal fell through when Donetsk, which sold the Russian international to United, demanded 30 percent of the transfer funds and United called off the deal. But Kanchelskis insisted he would never play for manager Alex Ferguson again instead of returning to United.

Everton officials rushed to Football Association headquarters Friday to register the Ukrainian-born winger in time for Saturday's game against Southampton. The FA confirmed that Kanchelskis was free to play for the FA Cup holders.

"It's a great relief because I am a footballer and I want to be able to play football," Kanchelskis said.

Everton manager Joe Royle confirmed that Kanchelskis will start against Southampton.

"Hopefully we can get off to a winning start with Andrei," he said.


Russia international striker Nikolai Pisarev has signed a three-year contract with newly-promoted Spanish first division side Merida, Moscow's Sport-Express newspaper said Friday.

The paper did not say how much the Spanish side had paid domestic champions Spartak Moscow for Pisarev, who lost his place in the first team after Spartak bought striker Sergei Yuran in July.

(AP, Reuters)