Tottenham are in pole position to pip a number of European giants to the January signing of Keisuke Honda, according to the Metro.
The Japanese playmaker, currently at Russian outfit CSKA Moscow, has been strongly linked with a move, with Juventus, Arsenal, Liverpool and AC Milan all thought to be in contention for his signature.
The 27-year-old's contract runs out on December 31 of this year, meaning that a January transfer is the most likely. This would imply that he can leave on a free as long as no extension is agreed with CSKA.
According to reports, Andre Villas-Boas is confident of landing the Japan star for free as soon as the next transfer window opens, and Honda is more than ready to leave, having already affirmed that he wishes to seek pastures new at the next opportunity.
"I have a number of options – when the time comes I will make a decision," Honda said.
"I have now decided I will leave my club at the expiry of the contract, everything else will be decided soon."
Honda can play as either a striker or a winger due to his pace, and may be attracted to Tottenham by the promise of a marked improvement on his current £70,000-a-week deal.
It is thought that due to the fact they can bag the player for nothing, Tottenham will be willing to offer a lucrative pay packet in order to leap-frog their rivals.
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