Asian sensation to spark Arsenal and Liverpool January bidding war

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The agent of Japan ace Keisuke Honda has admitted his player is available for transfer but has insisted CSKA Moscow will have the final say on his future.

Honda impressed at the World Cup and was heavily linked with a move to the Premier League in the summer but he decided to stay loyal to the Russian side for the time being.

Now, though, Arsenal and Liverpool have re-ignited their interest and the 23-year-old is looking to move on – with AC Milan also linked.

The Gunners are reportedly looking to bring in reinforcements but a Russian source quoted £9 million in the press earlier this week and Arsene Wenger is not known as one to splash the cash.

Roy Hodgson, though, has admitted he intends to bring in some big money players in January to complete his transformation of the Anfield side’s fortunes.

Liverpool have moved out of the relegation zone in recent weeks thanks to the resurgence of Fernando Torres and Hodgson will fancy his chances against Arsenal if the choice presents itself to Honda.

The former Fulham boss has commented that the club will look at players that are interesting the likes of Barcelona and Real Madrid – so Arsenal will not give them sleepless nights.

Agent Kees Ploegsma told calciomercatoweb. “Milan and Liverpool's interest? Currently I don't know anything about any interest. In December the club will assess the situation.”

"I can say that the player would be available for transfer, but that the club will take a decision only at the end of the year. The rumours of last summer? The past is past, for today there are no contacts.”

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