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After years of transfer rumours between player and club, Manchester United are ready to employ a change in tact in their efforts to sign CSKA Moscow playmaker, Keisuke Honda.

It emerged earlier this week that Arsenal were also gathering interest in the Japanese international, and rather than lose out on the man they’ve been tracking for some years now, it seems Sir Alex Ferguson could offer Dimitar Berbatov in a swap deal to get his man.

Despite the fact that Berbatov has scored six goals in nine Premier League appearances this season, the 30 year-old is still on the chopping block at Old Trafford and is expected to be offered in part exchange.

The Red Devils would still need to pay £4m if they were to land Honda, but it’s arguable that the 25 year-old would be coming into an area of the pitch that United are in dire need of reinforcements.

Sir Alex Ferguson has been unfortunate in his squad’s injury frequency this campaign and apart from the season-long injury to Nemanja Vidic, the Scot will also be without Tom Cleverley until February due to an ankle injury.

Another midfield absence is Darren Fletcher, who is currently on leave from the game as he battles against a stomach illness that he has apparently coped with for the past four years.

Honda has made a name for himself in the Russian Premier League as one of the division’s strongest playmakers, creating endless opportunities for the strikers in front of him.

While there are bigger names being linked with Old Trafford moves, supply is one thing United are short of at the moment and Honda – who has made over 65 appearances for CSKA – is proven to provide just that.

Honda has been out of action for a large portion of this campaign so far but is just getting back to match fitness and while he would represent a January transfer risk, the Asian star could be a valuable asset if he were to revive his best form under Ferguson.

Tom is one of our most experienced contributors, with over a decade of online puiblishing. A Man Utd fan, Thomas brings you all the latest news from Uk football.

6 Comments

6 Comments

  1. Ukwayi Patrick

    January 15, 2012 at 5:41 AM

    Pls, west no time go get him. His a great and an electric player and a house hold name.

  2. Yinkus stephen

    January 15, 2012 at 2:37 PM

    Let babertov go & get him, is a special & magician player that can create goal anytime, pls sign him.

  3. Bobbywemz

    January 15, 2012 at 8:51 PM

    Why speculate over a player as good as Honda.
    He has proved himself times witnout number. It is 16 days to the end of the tranfer market, why buy time when we should have had him to start training with the entire team early enough for him to blend with the rest.
    Take action.

  4. Helen

    January 16, 2012 at 5:16 AM

    He is a great player.
    Please? go to Liverpool CSKA has been wasting your skills Honda!

  5. Mwez

    January 16, 2012 at 7:49 AM

    Sign him

  6. orfega

    January 17, 2012 at 12:02 AM

    pls dont waste time buy the player and let berbatov stay

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