Prem rivals open bidding on long-term Liverpool target - reports

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Long-term Liverpool target Keisuke Honda is the subject of a £7 million bid from Blackburn, according to talkSPORT.

Blackburn had been linked with a £12 million bid last week, but it’s understood that the Lancashire club tabled a £7 million bid last night.

Liverpool are believed to be long-term admirers of Honda, rumoured to be interested in bidding for the Japanese international both in January and last summer.

Arsenal and Manchester City are also believed to be tracking the CSKA Moscow man, but it looks as though Blackburn have beaten their Barclays Premier League rivals to the punch.

Through nine games in the Russian Premier League this season, Honda has already netted four times. Honda scored four times in 28 appearances last season.


Honda come to international prominence in 2009 after scoring 16 goals in 36 appearances for Dutch second-division side VVV-Venlo and securing a rumoured £5.2 million deal to CSKA.

The Japanese international’s prominent dead-ball displays and versatility across attacking and midfield positions for CSKA made Honda hotly tipped to be a breakout star at last summer’s World Cup and he didn’t disappoint, scoring two goals and earning two more Man of the Match honours.

It’s believed Liverpool have been interested prior to Honda’s World Cup fame, however it’s unknown whether or not the club have any interest in entering a bidding war with Blackburn, Arsenal, and City.

With the arrivals of Stewart Downing, Jordan Henderson, and Charlie Adam, as well as the revival of Alberto Aquilani and Joe Cole in pre-season, it’s difficult to see Liverpool having room for Honda.

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