Lampard is set to leave New York City in the near future, so should Sunderland make a move?
Frank Lampard, during his time with Manchester City
With Frank Lampard set to leave MLS at the end of the season (via Express), Sunderland boss David Moyes may want to consider offering the midfielder the opportunity to return to the Premier League as he looks to give the Black Cats the very best chance of remaining in the top flight.
Though Sunderland have won their last two games, they are surely still one of the favourites to be relegated to the Championship.
With Jordan Pickford and Jermain Defoe shining in goal and up front respectively, it is perhaps fair to say that one of their biggest problems has been the form of some of their midfielders.
The likes of Jack Rodwell and Steven Pienaar have failed to really impress this term, while they will also have to cope for the next four months without an injured Lee Cattermole (via The Sun).
Sunderland manager David Moyes
Though Lampard may not look too fondly at an opportunity to join a relegation-threatened club at this stage of his career - especially as a player with his reputation will surely attract numerous offers - Moyes would be making a mistake if he did not try to sign him.
Despite being well into the twilight of his career, the 38-year-old proved during his time in America that he still had that touch of magic that has already ensured that he will go down as a legend of the Premier League as he scored 15 times in just 29 MLS games.
And considering that his arrival would not hurt Sunderland's transfer fund too much, it seems to be something of a no-brainer for Moyes to make a move.
He could bring that quality that the club's midfield is arguably currently lacking, which will be beneficial even if a short-term deal is all that can be agreed.
And as his presence may also help get the best out of the players coming through at the Stadium of Light, it could be argued that his legacy - if a deal was to happen - could continue to have an impact for a considerable period of time after his spell with the club has come to an end.