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CSKA star Honda looking at January move

October 5, 2010
By ESPNsoccernet staff

CSKA Moscow star Keisuke Honda could be set for a January move, after his agent revealed that the Japan international is waiting for a big club to come in for him.

Keisuke Honda Japan close-up
GettyImagesKeisuke Honda spearheaded Japan's run to the World Cup second round in South Africa

Honda moved to Russia ahead of the 2010 World Cup, where he impressed enough to be linked to some of Europe's elite. Now the 24-year-old midfielder is looking into the possibility of leaving the Russian club, although no formal offers have been made for him.

"When a big club comes in he will want to leave but at the moment that has not happened,'' his agent, Kees Ploegsma, told "There were opportunities to move but he has not had the offer from a top club, which is what we want.

"A lot of managers will be watching him after he played so well at the World Cup - now they can watch him more for CSKA and hopefully they will decide to try and do something in January."

Ploegsma maintained that the club are happy with Honda's performances for them, but admitted that they are waiting from 'concrete interest' to emerge.

"The club are not looking to sell the player at this moment, certainly not. He is playing well and he is doing a job for the club and they are happy. In January we will see, but at the moment we know nothing of concrete interest. But we will have to see which clubs need new players and who is officially interested."