Friday 21 November 2014

Lampard to sign for City before heading to New York

Published 02/08/2014 | 02:30

Frank Lampard answers questions after being introduced as a member of the MLS expansion club New York City FC. Photo credit: AP Photo/Craig Ruttle
Frank Lampard answers questions after being introduced as a member of the MLS expansion club New York City FC. Photo credit: AP Photo/Craig Ruttle

Frank Lampard is poised to join Manchester City on a short-term deal. The former Chelsea star is due to move to New York City, City's Major League Soccer team, but they will not begin playing until next March.

The 36-year old left Chelsea after 13 seasons this summer, but is now ready to sign a six-month deal with the reigning Premier League champions that will enable him to keep fit. The move would be a boost to the Sky Blues who are looking to boost their quota of English players. It is expected City will register him for both their Premier League and Champions League squads.

Lampard could face his former employers twice during his loan spell with City due to face Chelsea at home on Sunday, September 21 and at Stamford Bridge on January 31. Lampard is believed to have rejected the chance to join City's other co-owned club Melbourne City. Manuel Pellegrini's men hope Lampard can join up with their squad before the Community Shield match against Arsenal on Sunday week.

Meanwhile Crystal Palace have announced the signing of former Fulham captain Brede Hangeland on a one-year contract.

The 33-year-old Norway international's six-and-a-half year stay at Craven Cottage came to an end after the Whites decided not to offer the defender a new deal following their relegation from the Premier League.

Hangeland, who claims to have been informed of his release by e-mail, played over 200 league games for Fulham and will provide stiff competition to the likes of Scott Dann, Paddy McCarthy and Damien Delaney for a place in the heart of Tony Pulis' defence.

Irish Independent

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