Boussoufa joins Anzhi exodus

Moubarak Boussoufa
Moubarak Boussoufa

Moubarak Boussoufa has become the latest player to quit big-spending Anzhi Makhachkala after drastic budget cuts.

The Morocco international has agreed terms to join Lokomotiv Moscow.

Anzhi said in a brief statement that Boussoufa would be joining Lokomotiv and thanked him for his "contribution in developing" the Dagestan side.

Lokomotiv said he had signed a three-year contract.

Boussoufa arrived at Anzhi in 2011 from Belgian side Anderlecht.

Anzhi's billionaire owner Suleiman Kerimov earlier this month shocked the Russian football world by deciding to scale down the club's ambitions and drastically shrink its budget.

As a result, almost all of the star players, who were signed in a bid to make the club world beaters, are being put on the market.

Dinamo Moscow on Thursday announced the signing of a trio of Russian internationals from Anzhi: captain Igor Denisov, former Chelsea midfielder Yury Zhirkov and striker Alexander Kokorin.

Midfielder Oleg Shatov has also joined Zenit St Petersburg.

Meanwhile, Anzhi's highly paid foreign stars are also heading for the exit.

Classy Brazilian international attacking midfielder Willian, who Anzhi only signed at the end of last season, is reportedly on the shopping lists of both Manchester City and Liverpool.

Cameroon striker Samuel Eto'o, whose arrival at Anzhi made him the highest-paid footballer in the world, is said to be interested in a move to Italian side Napoli.