Everton target in-form Japanese star

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Keisuke Honda has put in some impressive performances during the Confederations Cup, and is reported as being widely sought after around Europe.

The 27-year-old is being closely monitored by Everton and Martinez according to the Daily Mail,  who are preparing for the worst-case scenario if they were to lose Marouane Fellaini who has been linked heavily with Arsenal. 

The money the Toffees would receive for the sale of Fellaini however, would enable them to buy at least two or three good players, which could provide the opportunity to improve their squad depth - an area that has caused them to fall short in recent times. 

However, the Japanese international has sparked much interest from other European teams, including giants AC Milan, who may be harder to refuse.

Honda himself however has admitted that he would be interested in joining a "big club", and with his contract expiring in December this means he'll be available free in January, if not a cut price for now.

Earlier this week he told the Japan Times: "I don't know where I'll be taking the next step yet, but I know I've got a chance [to play for a big club]. I have until August so I'll wait and see.

"If I go to a big club, I'll become an infinitely better player. The improvement I'll make then will be anything but minor.

"I'm the type to soak up everything and anything in my surroundings, and if I play with better players, I'll get better. It's how I've been able to get this far in my career."

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