Roberto Martinez wants to add further guile to his Everton FC midfield by landing gifted Japanese international Keisuke Honda.

The new Toffees boss was impressed by the 27-year-old’s displays for his country during the Confederations Cup in Brazil, where Martinez has been based as a studio commentator for ESPN.

In March the ECHO revealed how previous Blues manager David Moyes had also been monitoring the CSKA Moscow midfielder, who would jump at the chance to move to the Premier League after nearly three years in Russia.

Everton could land Honda for a fee of around £5m, but they risk losing out if they decide to wait until January when he is set to be out of contract – with AC Milan also admirers of the playmaker and CSKA keen to do a deal this summer rather than lose him for nothing in the new year.

The 6ft former Gamba Osaka player has 45 caps for Japan with 15 goals, his most recent a coolly-converted penalty during a spirited 4-3 defeat for Alberto Zaccheroni's side at the hands of Italy in Recife. He also notched nine times for CSKA last season.