Wednesday, 12 August 2009

Transfer Speculation: Honda

Keisuke Honda
Following on from yesterday's 'Transfer Speculation', VVV Venlo and Japan midfielder Keisuke Honda has claimed Liverpool are interested in signing him, reports the Post.

"I was told before the match that a scout from Liverpool had come," Honda said, two days after scoring twice in promoted Venlo's 2-2 draw with ADO Den Haag.

"A number of top clubs are interested in Honda. Some of them are participating in the Champions League this year," said VVV Venlo chairman Hai Berden said, adding two of England's top five clubs were among them.

"We hear that Liverpool scouts have been following Honda since last season while top Dutch clubs also watched him," Taishi Takahatake, head of Honda's management firm Balance Inc., told AFP.

"But there has been no formal offer. His Dutch agent is in charge of any deal and we will wait and see until the transfer window closes at the end of the month," he said.

The 23-year-old Japanese International, has already scored three goals in the first two games of the new season and was the winner of the MVP award in the second division last season. Honda played four seasons with J-League Nagoya Grampus before joining Venlo. He has scored 21 goals in 52 games for the club and is known for his physical toughness and free-kick skills. Honda has also scored one goal in six games for Japan since making his international debut in June 2008 during World Cup qualifiers.

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