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Keisuke Honda (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN ALL JAPANESE MEDIA UNTIL 48 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME) Keisuke Honda of CSKA Moscow in action during the Russian Football League Championship match between FC Amkar and PFC CSKA at the Saturn Stadium on on November 28, 2010 in Perm, Russia.

More January transfer news now, and this time over at Liverpool where Hodgson is scouring the world for players who can turn his fortunes around – with the help of his director of football strategy whose name seems to be everywhere in relation to Liverpool transfer targets, Damien Comolli. It has emerged today that Liverpool are the front runners to sign both Keisuke Honda of CSKA Moscow, and Danny Sturridge of Chelsea, as both players are reportedly keen to play at Anfield.

Keisuke Honda represented his country, Japan in the 2010 World Cup and scored a couple of goals thanks to his amazingly powerful free kick technique. He currently plays his club football in Russia at CSKA Moscow, but his agent has suggested a move to Liverpool could be on the cards. Honda had previously been linked with a move to Arsenal, but a Liverpool switch is far more likely. Kees Ploegsma, the players agent, said that the move was only speculation at the moment, as the Reds have not made a firm bid, but Liverpool and the Premier League is where he wants to be:

“If he could move to a club like Liverpool it would be great, but the two clubs must come to an agreement first. The Premier League is a great competition which he would like to play in.”

The situation with the young Chelsea striker, Danny Sturridge is less clear, but it is thought that the 21 year-old has requested a loan move away from Stamford Bridge, with his preferred option being Liverpool. The former Manchester City player has made only 11 substitute appearances in the Premier League this season, scoring in none of them, and a good run in a team would do his confidence – and goal rate the world of good.

Once tipped to be the player of his generation, he is now a bench warmer for Chelsea, and seeking a temporary move away to prove he can handle the Premier League. No doubt he has potential, but if he isn’t given the chance to show it, his talents will have been wasted. Roy Hodgson will be keen to strengthen his attacking force, and with Honda being an impressive attacking midfielder and Sturridge being a classy striker with bags of potential, Liverpool will be moving in the right direction with these two signings.

Tell me what you think!

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  1. RedSonny

    January 5, 2011 at 9:07 am

    Sign both players, both are very comfortable on the ball (something that liverpool are lacking) with good engines.

    The only signing i would make in addition to the above would be the

  2. steve

    January 5, 2011 at 9:09 am

    i’d prefer Adebayor.a proven England goalscorer with loads of talent.i’d also like Honda/Elia/Ashley young at Liverpool some players with skills.
    Johnson Skrtel Agger Aurelio
    J.Cole Gerrard Meireles Maxi
    Adebayor Torres
    Subs:Gulacsi,Carragher,Kyrgiakos,Kelly,Marveaux,Lucas,Kuyt,Babel,Kranjcar,Elia,…bench players are needed as our squad aint very big,but our first 11 is strong with addittion of Adebayor next to Torres.

  3. lfcchris

    January 5, 2011 at 9:15 am

    Sign honda but sturridge a man city and chelsea reject just shows where going in the right direction.Just hope NESV are going to buy some players in this transfer window.

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  5. suyash

    January 5, 2011 at 9:21 am

    i agrre with u …


    January 5, 2011 at 10:09 am

    I hope LFC will buy in honda,adebayor,luis suarez,ricky. I think LFC need midfield who can keep ball &great passing to assist striker.In front side look nando is alone to score a goal.Maxi,lucas,babel,konchesky, poulsen looks like come to waste time at Anfield.Glenn Johnson…let him go if he not happy to play with LFC. Dirk Kuyt also not effective for long time.For ROY….. TAKE THE MONEY AND SAYONARA

  7. Craig

    January 5, 2011 at 11:12 am

    I think Adebayor’s temparent wouldn’t be good for Liverpool right now…I’d definitely get Honda in the midfield, along with Kuyt, Gerrard and Meireles, a striker like Benzema would be great to have along side Torres as he would open up the defences with his pace..At the back I’d get Dann and maybe another back…these would definitely sharpen up the teams lacking energy at the moment…Hope tonights game is another 3 points for the REDS..#YNWA

  8. Takura Chinyadza

    January 5, 2011 at 11:19 am

    Wide players needed first! Most of the premiership wide players can easily make the liverpool first team. Kuyt is just industry but we need trickery/pace/crosser. Not a fan of Maxi… at all!!!

  9. Takura Chinyadza

    January 5, 2011 at 11:21 am

    Elia and Ashley Young would be superb buys!!!

    • oooooo

      January 5, 2011 at 8:19 pm

      I totally agree I think that Liverpool “my team” need to be more attacking and those wide players would help that a lot.

  10. Lol man

    January 5, 2011 at 11:36 am

    Honda is “asking a come and get me plea” this guy was great in the world cup, can keep the ball, playmaker can go defence, go striker, like a asian Andres Aniesta! he dosn’t hog the ball and hes a amazing free kicker.

    Because he wants to play for us he would be atually cheap to sign if he is asking roy to sign him maybe around 3-5 million for like a 4 year contract.

  11. Matsu

    January 5, 2011 at 12:01 pm

    Why is it that none of you have yet figured out why the deal is not going through? Its so obvious, and most everyone in Japan is well aware of the problem. Have you folks in the UK so blinded yourselves to the self-inflicted disadvantages of your country’s visa policy that you dont even see it when its staring you in the face???

    Liverpool cant bid for Honda because they cant guarantee that he will be able to play in the EPL! Honda – like nearly every other talented Japanese player – comes nowhere close to meeting the requirement of having played in 67% of NT matches over the past two years. He isnt even close to 50%! Neither is Shinji Kagawa, or any of the other Japanese players in Europe. Because you cant play in Europe and also play all the Japan friendlies that take place during the midseason.

    A guy like Yuki Abe at Leicester – who is in bad relations with his old club, eager to move to Europe, and not worried about the risk of failure – can afford to fly to England and sit around the immigration office for two weeks until (after an initial rejection, followed by threats from the Thai owners of a nasty public relations scandal), he finally gets approved for a work visa. But the number of guys willing to put up with that sort of indignity is pretty limited.

    In Honda’s case, if Liverpool dont arrange the visa for him UP FRONT, Honda’s agent refuses to even talk. The deal is: Liverpool guarantees that Honda can get a visa, the agent confirms this, and then Liverpool can send an offer. But up to now, Liverpool cant get the immigration people to budge on their stupid “67% policy”.

    I really dont understand why this hasnt made the news more, in Europe. It is common knowledge here in Japan. So long as the UK keeps up its work visa restrictions, theyre going to continue to lose out to teams in Germany, Italy, Spain, and even Russia.

    • oooooo

      January 5, 2011 at 8:21 pm

      🙁 🙁

  12. Roger

    January 5, 2011 at 1:58 pm

    Matsu, great insight.

    We (Arsenal) just lost out on Wellington Silva, who was denied a ‘special talent’ visa which had previously been approved by FIFA.

    It had nothing to do with Arsene’s comments regarding how FIFA made terrible WC choices and it should’ve gone to England, however.

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  14. Matsu

    January 6, 2011 at 1:54 am

    Roger – at least Wenger is smart enough to see how the deck is stacked and figure out ways to get around the rules. His signing of Ryo Miyachi is a brilliant ploy to avoid the rules on caps. By signing an underage individual who can join the youth academy, he does not have to get a work visa. When he is ready to be elevated to the full squad and start earning money, he will have already been an Arsenal player for a year or more, and thus does not HAVE to meet the cap requirements. He gets a visa automatically, as a player who has been at Arsenal for over a year.

    TBH, Im not sure Miyachi will make it. He has tons of raw talent, but the emphasis should be on the word “raw”. It will be at least a year, maybe more, before he will be polished enough to play at that level. But at least Arsene has finally figured a way to get around the stupid work visa rules. I hope it does work out because this may be the only way for EPL teams to tap the quality of players from Asia.

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  16. torres

    January 6, 2011 at 6:00 am

    roy will give a damm care on this… his an idiot ,nothing more than that and at the last of the season he will make excuses saying we made of best on bringing him..

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