Manchester City are growingly confident that they can agree an extension to Frank Lampard's loan deal, reports Goal.
The 36-year-old originally left Chelsea in the summer and agreed a deal with MLS franchise New York City. However, Manuel Pellegrini offered Lampard the chance to play in the Premier League once again and he agreed a six month loan deal to January.
Having impressed for the Citizens, Pellegrini is keen to extend Lampard's loan deal until March, but there was some doubt as to whether their sister club, New York City, would agree to such a deal.
But having held preliminary talks, Manchester City officials are confident a deal can be agreed in time.
Lampard has played ten times for Manchester City so far this season, scoring four goals, including the infamous equaliser that stopped his former club from winning the crucial match at the Etihad.
Cover for Toure
Pellegrini is preparing to release Yaya Toure to the Ivory Coast national team to compete in the African Cup of Nations and Lampard has been earmarked as a replacement. That will see Lampard's role in the squad increase in prominence; an attractive proposition for the midfielder.
But it is the all-round contribution on both the pitch and in training that has impressed Manchester City coaches the most.
Return to Stamford Bridge
The news will come as a blow to Chelsea, who will welcome Manchester City to Stamford Bridge on January 31. Should Lampard agree to extend his deal, it is likely he will get the chance to return to the ground where he won two Premier League titles.
Lampard is also Chelsea's all-time top goalscorer with 211 goals during a 13-year spell in west London. He left on a free contract in the summer after Chelsea officials failed to agree a new deal.