Wednesday Jul 11, 2018. 17:00
Nigerian defender Brian Idowu has completed his switch to Russian champions Lokomotiv Moscow on a free transfer.
The Super Eagles international has left his former club Amkar Perm after it was dissolved due to financial troubles.
Idowu has penned a three-year contract which will see him stay at the club until the end of the 2020/21 season.
During the winter break, the Zvezda Stadion outfit reportedly ran out of cash and they had their 2018/19 Russian Premier League license revoked by the Russian Football Union, thus, leaving the wing-back clubless.
Idowu joined the Red and Blacks in 2010 and will now begin a new chapter in his career after signing a three-year deal with the Russian top-flight champions.
Speaking to the club’s official website, Idowu expressed delight in the move, saying he is looking forward to a fruitful stay in Moscow.
The Saint Petersburg-born player represented Nigeria at the 2018 FIFA World Cup, playing in all three group games as the Super Eagles failed to make it past the preliminary stage.
“I am very glad to switch to Lokomotiv. I’m really looking forward to joining the team at the training camp,” Idowu told the club’s official website.
“In childhood, I watched the matches of Loco in the Champions League – against Real and Inter. The whole country was proud of the team!
“I am well acquainted with Aleksandr Kolomeytsev, we played together in Perm, I know the rest of the guys from the matches between Amkar Perm and Lokomotiv Moscow.”
The 26-year-old made 99 appearances for Amkar and scored three goals, but has failed to win any silverware with them.