Wenger and Hodgson to go head-to-head for World Cup 'genius'

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Liverpool are ready to finally bring Japan ace Keisuke Honda to the Premier League in January, according to Talksport.

The attacking midfielder was linked to a host of top European sides after a highly impressive World Cup but has stayed with CSKA Moscow for the start of this season.

However, with Roy Hodgson planning to continue his overhaul of Liverpool’s playing staff, he is set to try and beat Arsenal and AC Milan to Honda’s signing.

New Liverpool owner John W Henry has opened the door for Hodgson to bring in quality to Anfield after admitting the club will now concentrate on bringing in younger players.

Couple this with Hodgson’s claim the club needs to be challenging the likes of Barcelona for £20 million players and Honda could be a realistic target.

And, according to sources in Russia, Honda will be available for around £9 million, despite having three years left to run on the contract he signed with CSKA this time last year after signing from Dutch side VVV Venlo.

Whilst at the World Cup working as an analyst for a French television, Arsene Wenger called Honda a ‘genius’, prompting rumours of an imminent move to the Emirates Stadium for the 24-year-old.

Then, though, Honda insisted he wanted to stay with the Russian club until January at least so could make the move to England in the next transfer window.

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