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Frank Lampard completes move to New York City FC

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Frank Lampard has completed his move to Major League Soccer side New York City FC and he will be announced tomorrow at a special press conference by the expansion side.

According to various reports, NYCFC have said that they will be revealing a "major player signing" in Brooklyn tomorrow at 10:30am Eastern with Lampard being the obvious man of the moment. 

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Big Money

The former Chelsea star and the club's All-Time leading scorer is set to become the highest paid player in Major League Soccer with a rumoured salary of around $9 million dollars a year, miles ahead of Clint Dempsey who currently sits at the top of the money ladder, netting himself $6.5 million dollars a year with the Seattle Sounders.

Lampard will be New York City's second designated player, joining former Barcelona and Atletico Madrid forward David Villa who joined the expansion side last month. 

NYCFC are an expansion franchise and don't actually start playing in MLS until next season, which starts in early 2015.

Loan Looming

Because of this, it is highly likely that Lampard will be joining his new Spanish teammate Villa in moving on loan to the Melbourne Heart in Australia for a few months in an effort to remain fit and continue playing competitive matches.

New York City are owned jointly by Manchester City and the New York Yankees. City also own the A-League side Melbourne, which is why Lampard and Villa will be making that particular move.

Barcelona midfielder Xavi Hernandez was another target for NYCFC, but the playmaker decided to stay in La Liga for the time being leaving the MLS side open to nailing down Lampard as their newest signing.

Options

The 36-year old is only the fourth player on New York's roster, with Villa, defender Jeb Brovsky, and goalkeeper Josh Saunders in the squad. The side will be looking to the SuperDraft and Expansion Draft to beef out the remainder.

They also have the chance to sign a third designated player. With the two previous signings being a striker and midfielder, manager Jason Kreis' intentions will be surely to bring in a centre back or goalkeeper to solidify the spine of his side.

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