Spartak lure Espanyol's Pareja

Russia's nine-time champions Spartak Moscow have boosted their defence by signing Argentinian fullback Nicolas Pareja from Spanish top-flight side Espanyol. No financial details of the deal were disclosed.

The 26-year-old defender started his career with Argentinos Juniors before joining Belgian giants Anderlecht, where he won the national title, Belgian Cup and Supercup.

In 2008 Pareja won an Olympic gold medal in Beijing. After that he joined Espanyol, where he played 58 matches scoring three goals.