Reds and Gunners priced out of move for Asian star

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Liverpool and Arsenal have withdrawn their interest in CSKA Moscow forward Keisuke Honda.

The Japan star lit up the World Cup with a string of skilful displays, and has since been the subject of interest from AC Milan and Valenica.

But reports suggest that the 24-year-old will remain at Arena Khimki after CSKA's substantial asking price put potential suitors off making a formal approach.

Arsene Wenger is understood to be a keen admirer of the versatile frontman, and labelled him a "genius" after he smashed in a free-kick against Denmark in South Africa.

However, Honda's representative revealed that neither Wenger or anybody else has made any interest official.

"No news at all. We think he will stay in Moscow now. My son is in Moscow to discuss a number of options with the club, but we are preparing for him to stay with CSKA Moscow," Kees Ploegsma told

"No clubs have registered serious interest, only general interest, so at the moment it looks as though he will stay."

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