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The former Chelsea midfielder is expected to seal a short-term loan move to the Premier League champions before his transfer to newly-founded American club New York City FC

By Paul Clennam

Frank Lampard is set to join Manchester City on a short-term loan deal, Goal understands.

The former Chelsea midfielder has agreed to join newly-founded MLS team New York City FC following his departure from Stamford Bridge but their season does not start until March 2015.

And now the 36-year-old is poised to link up with the Premier League champions, who own the American franchise alongside baseball giants the New York Yankees, as he looks to maintain his fitness.

Lampard is likely to remain at the Etihad Stadium until mid-January and it is understood City plan to register the midfielder for their Premier League and Champions League campaigns.

The England international scored 211 goals for Chelsea in 649 matches and is believed to be keen to avoid a potential match-up with his former employers. City face the Blues at the Etihad Stadium on September 21.

Lampard won three Premier League titles during his time at Stamford Bridge and is looking forward to linking up with New York.

Upon completing his move, he told reporters: “New York ticks all the right boxes for me. It's very exciting.”

He will join David Villa at the MLS franchise and the Spain international has also made a short-term move ahead of his move, joining Melbourne City on a three-month deal.

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