MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 06: Victory new signing, Japanese World Cup star Keisuke Honda, speaks in a recorded interview with Victory head coach Kevin Muscat (R) and Anthony Di Pietro, Melbourne Victory Chairman, listening on during a Melbourne Victory media opportunity at Fox Studio on August 6, 2018 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Michael Dodge/Getty Images)

Melbourne Victory today announced the signing of Japanese attacking midfielder Keisuke Honda in a reported $2.9 million deal.

Honda has appeared at three World Cups for Japan and played 81 times for Italian giants AC Milan.

Victory coach Kevin Muscat said Honda was not simply a singing for star power.

“The reality is it was a football fit first,” Muscat said.

“To have someone that can contribute heavily to our team and to the comp that was the most defining thing for me,” he said.

Melbourne Victory chairman Anthony Di Pietro said the signing will only help the A-League achieve greater status around the world.

“The A-League is only just beginning. We believe in it and we’re putting our money down on the table.”

Honda is expected to arrive in Melbourne on the 13th or 14th of August, two months before the A-League season kicks off on October 19.