Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew has dismissed reports that he is looking to bring in ex Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard to the club in the winter transfer window.
Rumours linking the iconic midfielder to Crystal Palace started after the Pardew and Lampard were seen socialising in New York and appeared together in photographs. It was speculated that Lampard could be a short-term option for the South London club, currently sitting 16th after eleven matches in the Premier League.
However, Crystal Palace are not the only club being linked to the ex-Chelsea and soon to be former New York City man. Orlando City and LA Galaxy, both from the MLS, have been linked with moves for him. Newcastle are also reportedly in the mix for the midfielder while reports that Chelsea will offer him a coaching role have also surfaced.
Lampard not heading to Crystal Palace
The addition of a player of Lampard’s calibre would be beneficial for any team, especially for a team struggling for form like Palace. They have been ranked as the worst performers of 2016 amongst all 92 professional teams in English football.
His signing would certainly add the character that the team seems to lack at the moment and he would also bring a strong sense of leadership and charisma to the dressing room. The only downside to this transfer would be the age and quite possibly, the extravagant wages that such a player would demand.
Keeping this in mind, Crystal Palace fans will be disappointed to hear their manager categorically denying his interest in signing Lampard. Pardew said, “I asked Frank about his time there – he thoroughly enjoyed it – and I’ve been in New York. It sounds like he is perhaps looking for another avenue now, we didn’t discuss that being here (at Palace), by the way.”