Liverpool target Keisuke Honda is currently in talks with Lazio over a possible move, according to CSKA Moscow president Yevgeny Giner.
Honda has been the subject of a great deal of transfer speculation over the last 18-months, with the 25-year-old currently starring for CSKA Moscow and indeed the Japanese national side, and in the process attracting interest from numerous clubs in England, Spain and Italy.
Liverpool were said to be particularly interested in Honda according to TalkSport, though his agent insisted to the International Business Times UK at the start of January, that the interest was at the time 'just rumours'.
And while Kenny Dalglish has admitted that if the right player came along, Liverpool would enter this month's transfer window, it appears Honda is closing in on a possible move to Serie A, after CSKA confirmed that talks were on-going.
"There's a deal going," Giner told Repubblica, "but we have not yet reached a meeting point. I do not know if the transfer will be realised, we will see in the coming days."
According to Repubblica, Lazio are currently hoping to land Honda for €13 million, while CSKA are holding out for fee in excess of €16 million. The final figure is likely to fall in between but there is a suggestion a deal will be formalised before the end of the month.
Lazio are reportedly in the process of selling Mauro Zarate, who is currently on loan at Inter Milan. Reports on Tuesday speculated that the forward may be heading to Tottenham in the January transfer window, with his agent confirming talks were taking place. The sale would be able to help fund the deal for Honda, and enable them to pip Liverpool and a host of other rumoured suitors to the Japanese playmaker's coveted signature.
PSG and Arsenal have both been mentioned as admirers for the player since the 2010 World Cup, when the player's brilliant form was widely praised.