Frank Lampard’s short Manchester City career could be extended beyond January, with the club keen to ensure they have enough cover for the upcoming African Cup of Nations.
Citizens midfielder Yaya Toure is set to compete in the tournament with the Ivory Coast and while the Sky Blues have both Fernando and Fernandinho to call on, the Manchester Evening News has claimed the club is also considering extending Lampard’s six-month loan deal.
The 36-year-old is currently due to move to the US in January, where he will link up with the new City-backed New York City MLS franchise, which is being managed by former Citizens and Glasgow Rangers midfielder Claudio Reyna.
However the news provider claims that City may now opt to extend the loan beyond the January deadline, with the club keen to ensure they are able to compete in both the Premier League and Champions League during a busy period in the football calendar.
Lampard certainly demonstrated his worth to the City hierarchy at the weekend, with a late crucial equaliser against former club Chelsea at the Etihad on Sunday.
It is currently unknown as to whether the former England international would be open to extending his deal with the reigning Premier League champions, or whether the new loan would see him remain at the club until the end of the domestic campaign.
Lampard is not the only marquee signing set to arrive at New York City, with World Cup and Champions League winner David Villa also moving to the club in the New Year.
The 32-year-old is currently on loan at Melbourne City – another team owned by Manchester City and competing in the A-League.