By Andrew Robinson
Super Frank Lampard as he’s known to Chelsea fans – or Fat Frank to the rest of Premier League – will leave Chelsea at the end of the season according to his agent. decision.
The England international (34) who has dragged Chelsea kicking and screaming to title and cup wins reaches the end of his contract at Stamford Bridge in the summer as his side prepare to take on Southampton in the FA Cup on Saturday.
Chelsea fans want Frank to stay and his form recently shows he can still cut it in the Premier League. He’s scored three goals in his last four games, with a brace against Everton last weekend securing a 2-1 win.
So where will Lampard end up and is there a chance he could be prised away from his beloved Chelsea before the season is out?
One interesting destination is uncle Harry’s QPR who recorded their first away win of the campaign on Wednesday night in West London with a staggering 1-0 win in which Frank had a goal disallowed.
Redknapp is in the market for players – has just missed out on signing Joe Cole who’s joined West Ham and is an admirer of Lampard.
A reunion with Uncle Harry Redknapp at QPR is available 7/2 followed by a move to the A-League at 12/1 while it’s 14/1 for the England international to follow in the footsteps of Didier Drogba and move to China.
Sir Alex Ferguson has always been an admirer of Lampard. With OAPs Ryan Giggs and Paul Scholes nearing the end of their playing careers, Fergie might want to add some experience to the dressing room, or even just someone to talk pensions with.
Former Chelsea assistant manager and ex-United man Ray Wilkins says Fergie should make Frank an Old Trafford man.
He’ll cost nothing, he’s about four years younger than Giggs and Scholes and he scores goals from midfield. He’s scored more goals this year than Michael Carrick, Tom Cleverley and Paul Scholes combined.
He’s comfortably got two or three more seasons in him. He won’t play 90 minutes every week but if he starts 20 games for United he’ll score them seven goals.
If Frank and Christine Bleakley fancy a change of scenery they could even consider following in the footsteps of Goldenballs David Beckham and head Stateside to the MLS. LA Galaxy are looking to replace Beckham and someone with Lampard’s record could be a perfect fit.
And the West Coast-side have already expressed their admiration of the Chelsea star and a £4m deal had been suggested. Lampard would struggle to turn down that kind of offer.
The club feel Frank is what they’re missing now David has left He has the profile to fill Beckham’s role as the face of the club globally.
The New York Red Bulls also rumoured to be interested and Paddy Power make the MLS the midfielder’s most likely destination at 5/2.
A Paddy Power spokesperson said:
While Lampard’s age may lead the top clubs to steer clear he remains a marquee name and his availability is bound to spark the interest of ambitious clubs in emerging leagues such as the MLS and the A-League.