Brighton & Hove Albion shock favourites to sign Chelsea legend
It seems one of the Premier League’s most decorated and revered players ever will be heading back to English football in 2017. But it’s a Championship club, and more specifically Brighton & Hove Albion who lead the race to sign the legendary Frank Lampard.
The 38-year-old is without a club after leaving MLS outfit New York City in November, and it seems Seagulls boss Chris Hughton could be about to swoop for the free agent.
It’s 5/2 that Lampard makes the Amex Stadium his next destination, with high-flying Brighton currently on course for promotion to the top-flight.
Having netted 15 goals in 31 games for his last employers, the veteran still possesses a fine finish and his passing ability remains second-to-none.
With three Premier League titles, four FA Cup winners medals, a Champions League triumph and an incredible 106 England caps under his belt, Lampard can also offer invaluable experience and a calm head to any side.
That view seems to be shared by Sam Allardyce, with the Crystal Palace boss reportedly keen to get his hands on Lampard – and it’s 7/2 the Eagles beat their fierce rivals to the punch by landing his signature.
Next up at 4/1 is a return to Chelsea, where the Romford native won 11 major honours, playing 648 times in a 13-year spell.
They’re followed by two more former clubs, Swansea City (12/1) where a 17-year-old Lampard spent a brief-but-impressive loan spell, and West Ham United (16/1), the club he left acrimoniously back in 2001.
With the bookies rating it as a 1/2 shot that the former Blues’ ace returns to English football in 2017, we look sure to see him on these shores again. The question is…where?
Ladbrokes Latest Odds:
Frank Lampard – Next Club
Brighton & Hove Albion – 5/2
Crystal Palace – 7/2
Chelsea – 4/1
Swansea City – 12/1
West Ham United – 16/1
New York Red Bulls – 25/1
To play for any English club in 2017 – 1/3
To play for any Premier League club in 2017 – 1/2
All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing