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Wenger and Hodgson urged to bid for £12 million World Cup superstar

Honda has been hailed as a 'genius' by Wenger. (©PAphotos)
Honda has been hailed as a 'genius' by Wenger. (©PAphotos).

CSKA Moscow have welcomed bids from Liverpool and Arsenal for Japanese playmaker Keisuke Honda.

The Russian club have admitted they would not stand in Honda’s way if a ‘reasonable’ offer was forthcoming from a Premier League team.

The news comes in the week Honda’s agent claimed CSKA were currently negotiating with Liverpool’s representatives.

Roy Hodgson has already drawn up a shortlist of January transfer targets with the help of Damian Comolli and Liverpool are hoping to beat Arsenal to his signing by agreeing a deal before the transfer window opens.

An attacking midfielder is thought to be at the top of the Anfield wishlist and Honda could be the ‘world class player’ new owner John W Henry has promised Liverpool fans.

However, Arsenal will also be interested after manager Arsene Wenger was impressed with his performances for Japan at the 2010 World Cup.

Wenger hailed Honda a ‘genius’ after a number of hugely impressive performances and the Gunners boss will consider making an offer.

However, the Emirates Stadium club have more important positions that need strengthening, including in goal and central defence.

But Honda’s current club have opened the door for both Arsenal and Liverpool, as well as Italian giants AC Milan, to lure him to the Barclays Premier League.

“We do not wish to keep players against their will if they want to move on," a spokesperson for CSKA told Sankei Sports.

"We respect our players' decisions. We are prepared to listen to any offers provided that the price is reasonable.”

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