United join Asian playmaker race

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Manchester United are reportedly weighing-up a move for Japanese international playmaker Keisuke Honda.

ClubCall claims Red Devils chief Sir Alex Ferguson could be willing to offer Bulgarian striker Dimitar Berbatov to CSKA Moscow as part of the deal, as well as £4 million in a player-plus-cash switch.

Honda, who has previously been linked with a move to both Arsenal and Liverpool, shot to prominence during the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, when Arsene Wenger described the player as a 'genius'.

The former Nagoya Grampus and VVV Venlo star's form in Russia has continued to lead to transfer speculation in England, although United have rarely been mentioned alongside the 31-cap international.

But, with Berbatov not guaranteed first team football at Old Trafford and fighting for his place in the side alongside Wayne Rooney, Javier Hernandez and Danny Welbeck, it's claimed he could be the make-weight in this particular deal.

Last season's joint top-scorer in the Barclays Premier League, the 30-year-old has been linked with a string of clubs across Europe, with Bayer Leverkusen the latest to be linked with a move for their former forward, according to SkySports.

And, with the player yet to sign a new one-year contract with Manchester United, the speculation is set to continue, with a move to CSKA one of the reported possibilities.

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