Liverpool winger target Keisuke Honda could be on his way to Blackburn Rovers in a shock turn of events, according to Sky Sports.
Honda is looking to leave CSKA Moscow after an unsettled start for the Russian side, with the Japanese international telling the press he is ready to move on.
“My life has been a series of ups and downs. Right now I’d have to say it is a downer. That includes my current situation at CSKA,” he said.
Liverpool boss Kenny Dalglish has been heavily linked with the player since taking over at the club in January, although CSKA have been fending off interest in the player for months.
The Reds were first thought to be monitoring the player in 2009 under the guidance of Rafael Benitez, but Arsenal and Blackburn Rovers have also been linked to the midfielder since the opening of the transfer window.
The 24-year-old’s promising European career began with Dutch side VVV-Venlo, and is still thought to have two years left on his current deal in Russia.
Offers to break Honda’s deal with the side are rumoured to be between £12-15 million due to his playmaking and set piece ability, but the figure may well be further inflated by the potential revenue from Far East shirt sales, a market which Liverpool are known to be trying to break.
After signing Stewart Downing for £20 million this week, Liverpool will have to consider if they can spend big again on another player this summer.