Liverpool & Arsenal playmaker target poised for Italy

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Liverpool and Arsenal playmaker target Keisuke Honda is on the verge of joining Lazio, according to reports.

TalkSPORT cites Italian publication Corriere Dello Sport in claiming that a fee in the region of £14 million has been agreed between the Italian giants and Honda's current club, CSKA Moscow.

Edoardo Reja is said to have offered £10 million in cash plus a player to entice last season's Russian Premier League runners-up into a sale, with Honda finally getting a chance to prove himself in one of Europe's 'big' leagues.

The 25-year-old started his career with Grampus Eight in 2005, but moved to Holland to join VVV-Venlo in January 2008. After two years in the Eredivisie, he then switched to the Arena Khimki.

His performances for Japan in the 2010 FIFA World Cup led to speculation over an English switch, with Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger describing the 25-year-old as a 'genius' whilst summarising a match for Eurosport.

Speculation has continued to link the Gunners with a move over the last 18 months, whilst Liverpool managers past and present have also been placed in the mix for the player under the guidance of director of football Damien Comolli.

The Reds are keen to bring a player from Asia to Anfield, thus increasing the club's marketability in the Far East, and have recently given trials to teenagers from China.

However, Kenny Dalglish now appears set to join Wenger in missing out on the player, with Honda closing on a switch to the Eternal City.

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