Former Tottenham striker Robbie Keane say he is 'hopeful' that Chelsea's Frank Lampard will join him at LA Galaxy in the summer.
Lampard's deal with Chelsea expires at the end of the season and as yet the 34-year-old hasn't been offered a contract extension, despite the fact he is on the verge of becoming the club's all-time leading scorer.
The England midfielder is in excellent form and needs only four more goals to equal Bobby Tambling's record 202 goal haul for the Stamford Bridge-based club.
Should he leave west London in the summer, Keane, who joined LA Galaxy from Spurs in 2011, says he would welcome his former Premier League rival with open arms.
"Listen, we need players like that, and bringing in a Frank Lampard would obviously be good for the team," Keane told reporters. "So hopefully, we will see him soon."
Despite Keane's optimism, recent reports suggest Chelsea are on the verge of relenting and offering Lamaprd a new deal, while England boss Roy Hodgson has admitted he would be less inclined to select the former West Ham player if he moved abroad.
Keane recently agreed a contract extension of his own with the Galaxy, putting to bed rumours of a return to the Premier League.
The 32-year-old trained with Tottenham during the MLS off-season last month, and says the pull of professional football in America is getting greater.
"I was happy here and there was no reason for me not to sign," he said. "There's a lot of players in England that I speak to now even, younger players that want to come over here and play... I was training with Tottenham for a couple weeks and a lot of the lads were asking how the league is going."