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Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers is looking to target Japan and CSKA Moscow midfielder Keisuke Honda, and could make a move in the coming January transfer window as the player has entered the last year in his contract.
The Daily Star has reported that the Japan star could be making an exit from the Russian club in the winter transfer widow and Liverpool are monitoring the situation and could make an offer in the region of Â£12 million. The reason the transfer fee appears high for a player in the final year of his contract is of course that the Russian League runs on a calendar system, and Honda is hence contracted till December 2013.
Honda, who joined CSKA Moscow in 2010, is not looking to extend his stay in Russia beyond the end of the next season. He made a mark at the 2010 World Cup and has attracted interest from Arsenal and Lazio as well. Honda is in good form, having scored 8 goals so far this season in 21 appearances.
Liverpool are believed to be in the market for a strong playmaker and Honda fits the bill. Brendan Rodgers sees the player as suitable to the model he is trying to instill at the Anfield club and a move in the upcoming winter transfer window looks imminent.
Given the added interest from fellow Premier League side Arsenal, Rodgers will be keen to move swiftly, having already lost out on both Gylfi Sigurdsson and Clint Dempsey for that advanced midfield role this season.
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