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Honda to join Milan in January

By Football News

Milan have confirmed that CSKA Moscow midfielder Keisuke Honda will join the club in the January transfer window.

Japan international Honda has been a long-term target of the Serie A club, with a move in the previous transfer window failing to materialise despite much speculation.

However, the 27-year-old, whose contract with CSKA expires at the end of 2013, has finally agreed a switch to San Siro, and will join Massimiliano Allegri's side in January.

"Now we can talk. From January 3 2014 Keisuke Honda will be a Milan player," Milan vice-president Adriano Galliani said.

"We had already set out a contract but put it to one side."

Galliani does not know whether Honda will be registered in time for the visit of Atalanta - which marks Milan's first game back after the upcoming mid-season break - but is confident that the playmaker will feature against Sassuolo on January 12.

"It will be difficult as he is a non-EU player," Galliani added.

"And I don’t know if he can already play from January 6 against Atalanta.

"Later he will make his debut away to Sassuolo."

Honda has made 126 appearances so far for CSKA, scoring 28 goals.