Well-placed FNR sources believe deals for Japanese legend Honda and returning Socceroo Maclaren could both be wrapped up in the coming days.
Reigning A-League champions Melbourne Victory look set to make a huge splash in the transfer market, with the acquisition of two high-profile players in the same week.
Kevin Muscat is reportedly keen to strengthen his squad after Leroy George, Besart Berisha, and Rhys Williams all departed during the off-season.
The funding for Honda’s contract will likely be provided, at least in part, by the $3 million marquee player fund provided to FFA by Fox Sports.
Maclaren’s deal, however, will have to come under the cap, as fellow Socceroo James Troisi is already on marquee wages.
The 24-year-old striker is at crossroads at his German Bundesliga II club SV Darmstadt 98, for whom he made just 7 substitute appearances last season without scoring a single goal.
His loan spell at Hibernian proved far more fruitful, with 8 goals in 15 games, including a hat trick against Rangers on the final day of the season.
Honda, meanwhile, is currently uncontracted after a spell in Mexico with Pachuca.