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Kyle to have Spartak Nalchik trial

Kevin Kyle is set to play in a trial match for Spartak Nalchik on Thursday, according to the Russian club's assistant coach.

Kazbek Nakhushev has revealed his side are interested in signing Kilmarnock striker Kyle, who is out of contract at the end of the season.

The Scotland international was reported earlier this week to have snubbed a move to a city which the Foreign Office warns is at risk of terrorist attack, with Westerners particularly vulnerable to kidnap threats.

But it appears Kyle has now changed his mind and he jetted out to Spartak's training camp in Turkey yesterday.

Nakhushev is quoted as saying: "Kyle will take part in our usual training session and, at 1.30pm GMT, he will play for our team in a friendly against Zhemchuzhina Sochi football club.

"We will have an impression of Kyle right after the game and will say then where we stand. We are aiming to recruit several new players. We recently had a look at a Slovenian player but - I can tell you, he didn't impress - so Kyle has a good chance of being offered a deal."

Kyle will reportedly return to Killie on Friday and play in Saturday's league game at Hibernian, but he will be able to join Spartak at any time before the Russian Premier Liga season starts the following weekend as they do not operate under the standard transfer window.

Nalchik is 2,000 kilometres south of Moscow, close to war-torn Chechnya.

The Foreign Office says in its advice on travelling to the area: "As well as an ongoing risk of insurgent attacks, terrorist attacks have occurred throughout the region, including incidents in Nalchik.

"Further violence in the region is likely and there is a long history of kidnapping in the region, while Westerners are particularly vulnerable."


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