Old Trafford boss plots move for Stamford Bridge veteran.
Sir Alex Ferguson is considering a sensational move for unsettled Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard.
Sportsmail understands Lampard would not be averse to a switch to Old Trafford.
With United struggling for numbers in midfield and desperate to make sure Sunday’s FA Cup opponents Manchester City do not leave them behind at the top of the Barclays Premier League, manager Ferguson is weighing up an offer for a player he has always admired.
With Lampard now 33, the United board would have to be persuaded to sanction a deal for a player who earns in excess of £140,000 a week and would have no sell-on value for a club still struggling under the weight of the Glazer debt.
However, Ferguson believes that Lampard represents a unique opportunity to add something significant to his squad and was delighted to this week hear of suggestions that the former West Ham midfielder would consider a move north to Manchester.
Lampard has only 18 months left on his current deal and does not enjoy a particularly healthy relationship with Stamford Bridge boss Andre Villas-Boas.
SOURCE: Daily Mail
Could this really happen?
Frank Lampard is not have the best time of it at Stamford Bridge of late, Blue boss Andre Villas-Boas appears to be planning for the future and has had no qualms about dropping the England international on a few occasions this term and perhaps as a short term solution to Man United’s lack of central midfield creativity a move for the 33 year old makes sense?
Lampard has netted eight goals in 15 starts this term but those stats hide the fact that on the whole the former West Ham man has been ineffective and on the occasions when he has been left out of the Chelsea side it has been fully warranted. In recent weeks the midfielder has shown a return to form which may have alerted Ferguson, but one wonders about the veracity of this story.
Sir Alex Ferguson has seen Tom Cleverley and Darren Fletcher ruled out with injuries and Anderson has only just returned to the side after a lay-off. Man United have hit a patch of poor form, culminated in successive defeats to Blackburn Rovers and Newcastle United.
The Old Trafford boss has been linked with moves to bring in an attacking midfielder to help boost the amount of goals coming from this region, with the likes of Wesley Sneijder and Luka Modric frequently banded about. Perhaps a move for Lampard would work as a good stop gap until Cleverley, who has impressed when fit, matures into the finished package?