Arsenal and Liverpool January Bosman target missed an open goal sitter this week

Keisuke Honda

Everton are also said to be after Keisuke Honda of CSKA Moscow this January, but this miss for Japan was certainly out of the ordinary.

For those of you who hate the constant trawl of transfer rumour and conjecture, the last 10 days have probably been bliss. The deadline is closed, the Premier League spent the wealth of a small nation in a matter of hours and a bloke from Cardiff moved to Spain and became one of the most valuable human beings on the planet … this madness was now over.

And it is, in some respects, great news … we can get to talking about, you know, football again.

And with the weekend fixtures approaching, with an abundance of stars ready to pull on red instead of blue and walk out to a different set of fans chanting their name, the Premier League can finally kick into gear.

But wait, as much as I love that idea, transfer rumours are going nowhere fast - and if one man is the last bastion for speculation it has to be CSKA Moscow playmaker Keisuke Honda.

The Japanese international was supposed to sign for AC Milan this summer. That was, by all accounts, the generally believed fact of the matter, especially in Italy.

Due to the scheduling of the Russian league when Honda moved to Moscow from VVV Venlo his contract expires in January - and Milan were all set to do a Lewis Holtby on CSKA’s ass and bring him in earlier than the New Year.

But CSKA were not about to bow down to Milan, and they stuck to their guns, happy to let him leave for nothing in order to save face in the transfer market.

But with that in mind Milan are now going into competition on the free market, and according to reports this week, some English teams are after him.

It has been reported this week that Arsenal, Liverpool and Everton are all ready to enter the race for his signature this month, with Honda free to choose his own destination.

And why not? He is the perfect signing. Tall, powerful, technically gifted, ambidextrous and a marketing dream for the Far East - he is essentially Japan’s answer to David Beckham.

But in Japan’s friendly with Ghana this week he showed a chink in his armour.

Scoring from six yards out with an empty net in front of him!

After good work by Yoichiro Kakitani on the counter attack Honda had an open goal to aim at, but he ballooned his strike over the bar …


But oh well, even the Leaning Tower of Pisa has scaffolding right - nobody’s perfect.

And when he scored the third goal of the game, to claim a 3-1 win for the Samurai Blues over a talented Black Stars outfit, nobody in the Saitama Stadium seemed to remember his brain-fart in the 24th minute.

So yeah, the miss was certainly an abnormal blemish on this talent’s abilities as a footballer, abilities that could be coming to a stadium near you soon.

image: © tpower1978

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