David Moyes has revealed that Diniyar Bilyaletdinov comes highly recommended by Guus Hiddink.
Everton signed the Russian winger from Lokomotiv Moscow last week for an undisclosed fee thought to be in the region of £9million.
Moyes has been tracking the 24-year-old for some time and also asked for the opinion of Russia manager Hiddink before stepping up his pursuit.
"I spoke to Guus Hiddink a few times about Dini and he recommended him to me," Moyes told the Liverpool Echo.
"He is a very versatile footballer. He can play wide on the left of midfield, but he has also played on the right quite a bit as well.
"Technically he is very good. He has a nice left foot and he has scored a few goals as well.
"Guus told me that even at a push he could play left-back."
Bilyaletdinov has already made his Toffees debut after coming on for a fleeting substitute appearance at the end of the 2-1 victory over Wigan.
Moyes has no worries about his physical condition as the Russian season is already in full flow, but he admits fans will have to be patient and not expect too much too soon.
"We have been out to Russia quite a few times to watch him," he continued.
"With this being the middle of their season, fitness shouldn't be an issue.
"What we have to appreciate, however, is that this is a completely different environment for him.
"I thought he looked really excited at the weekend when he came on against Wigan, but also a little overawed and apprehensive.
"We need to give him every opportunity to settle in.
"One very good thing is that he already speaks very good English.
"He knows all about the players here already. He did his own homework on the club and didn't need me to sell it to him."