Russians seal Ricksen deal
By Tom Adams
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Rangers' Fernando Ricksen has joined Zenit St Petersburg on a permanent deal.
Any hopes Newcastle had of signing Fernando Ricksen have now evaporated after the Dutchman joined Zenit St Petersburg on a permanent deal.
Ricksen had been on loan at the Russian side from Rangers but Dick Advocaat has now persuaded the former AZ Alkmaar man to sign a contract with his side until 2009.
The versatile performer was shipped out of Ibrox by new boss Paul Le Guen in August after an incident during a pre-season flight to South Africa, and a change of environment has seen him shine under the guidance of former Gers manager Advocaat in Russia.
His impressive performances in a Zenit shirt had led to speculation that Premiership side Newcastle were readying a January move for the 30-year-old.
However Magpies boss Glenn Roeder will now have to focus on alternative options after Ricksen's permanent arrival was confirmed by the Russian club.
Zenit have been busy in the transfer market after also securing the signature of Russian international striker Pavel Pogrebniak.
The 23-year-old - who spent last season on loan at Tom Tomsk from Spartak Moscow - has signed a three year deal with the side who finished fourth in the Russian top flight.