Reports in Spain suggest that Blackburn Rovers have made a move to sign CSKA Moscow midfielder Keisuke Honda. The Japanese star has attracted the attention of several Premier League clubs, with Manchester City, Liverpool and Spurs understood to have shown an interest. Spanish website fichajes.com claims Blackburn have made an offer in the region of £7million for Honda in a bid to deter other interested clubs.
No offence to Blackburn, but a player of Honda’s class would probably not be out of place in a side like Arsenal and as for the reported £7million offer, CSKA have every right to be insulted. Honda has more than three years to run on his current contract and in a world where Liverpool are spending £20million odd on Jordan Henderson, the Russian club might consider asking for a little more if they are to sell their star player.
Capable of adopting the deep-lying playmaker role or pushing forward to play as a support striker, Honda has caught the eye of several clubs, particularly after some impressive displays in last summer’s World Cup in South Africa. Also a dead ball specialist, Honda has proved he has the ability to score some spectacular goals. This post is not designed to to have a dig at Blackburn, but it’s just hard to see them being able to attract a footballer of this calibre. They’ve been linked with a whole host of unrealistic targets since the takeover by Venky’s London Limited. Ronaldinho, Jermain Defoe, Luis Fabiano, Joe Cole, Mirko Vucinic, Amauri and David Beckham to name just a few. The owners probably mean well, but it seems they haven’t really done their homework. There are probably many Rovers fans out there who wish Big Sam was back in charge at Ewood Park.