€8m Arsenal playmaker target makes shock u-turn - wants 'great' Liverpool switch

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Liverpool midfielder target Keisuke Honda is keen on a move to the club, claims the player's agent.

The Japanese international midfielder has been linked with a string of European clubs following an impressive World Cup for the Asian nation, with Liverpool boss Roy Hodgson one of those thought to be interested in the player.

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is also thought to be keen on the player, although the latest developments would suggest that the Gunners are not expected to make a move for the player, leaving the door open for Liverpool.

The Emirates chief described the player as a star during the World Cup, leading to speculation that Arsenal would bid for the player in the summer.

A move never materialised however, and the interest of Arsenal appeared to dwindle despite reports that the player was keen to move to the Gunners.

Player representative Kees Ploegsma stoked the fire over a potential move, although denied a verbal agreement between player and club has already been made during an interview with

"There is no truth in that rumour,” he explained with regards to the 'agreement'.

“There is constant speculation surrounding Liverpool, but the real situation is that there is only interest from them, and they have not made a firm offer.”

"If he could move to a club like Liverpool it would be great, but the two clubs must come to an agreement first. The Premier League is a great competition which he would like to play in,” Ploegsma concluded.

Hodgson is thought to have money to spend following the arrival of NESV as the new owners on Merseyside, with a transfer war chest thought to be in the region of £35 million on offer to the Liverpool boss.

An attacking foil for Fernando Torres is thought to be the priority, but an attacking midfielder in the mould of Honda would also sit nicely as the former Fulham boss plots moves for 'five or six' players.

Honda is believed to be considering his future at CSKA Moscow with the club reportedly ready to cash in on the player, and Liverpool could test the water with a bid in the region of €8 million.

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