Keisuke Honda celebrates after scoring the third goal for Japan against Syria
Moyes has worked to add more creativity to his side since taking the Sunderland job, as he secured Adnan Januzaj on loan from Manchester United, and secured another reunion by signing his former Everton star Steven Pienaar on a free transfer.
Sunderland manager David Moyes
With Wahbi Khazri, who looked impressive following a January move from Bordeaux, also at Moyes' disposal, the Black Cats do have some options – but Moyes seemingly wanted a big-name signing before this month's transfer deadline.
The Mirror report that Moyes had lined up an ambitious £8.5m move for AC Milan playmaker Keisuke Honda, who has made a real name for himself over the years.
Formerly of Dutch side VVV Venlo, Honda made his name with CSKA Moscow, hitting 28 goals in 126 games for the Russian outfit whislt establishing himself as one of the most dangerous free-kick takers in the world.
Honda's 2014 move to AC Milan hasn't been a great success, as he's been in and out of their side, notching ten goals in 81 games – and new manager Vincenzo Montella appears to be open to letting the Japanese international leave this summer.
It's claimed that Moyes wanted to land Moyes in a deal worth £8.5m, in a bid to add major quality to the Sunderland attack, but any move to Wearside currently looks unlikely.
The report states that whilst Honda is keen on a move to the Premier League, he would prefer to join a team playing in Europe this season, ruling Sunderland out for now.
Yet, if a team in Europe don't move for Honda, the attacking midfielder may well re-think a move to Sunderland, with Moyes seemingly very keen to snap up Honda before this month's transfer deadline.
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