Chelsea's Frank Lampard, closer to joining MLS's LA Galaxy?

Is Frank Lampard closer to joining the Los Angeles Galaxy? Photo: Lampard (8) at the 2006 MLS All Star game, along with D.C. United's Christian Gomez, and Chelsea's Michael Essien. (AP)

WASHINGTON, May 2, 2013 — Is Frank Lampard closer to joining the Los Angeles Galaxy?

Britain’s Daily Mail is reporting that the Chelsea legend has persuaded his fiancee, British TV presenter Christine Bleakley, to join him in the United States. According to the Mail, this was Lampard’s last obstacle in his desire to join the Major League Soccer champions. The Galaxy has been hinting at bringing in a big player to replace David Beckham who left the club at the end of last season, and Lampard’s name along with Real Madrid’s Brazilian ace Kaka, have seemed to be the favorites on the list to join Robbie Keane and Landon Donovan in L.A.

Lampard’s contract with Chelsea expires at the end of the season and his future could be determined by the new coach the Blues bring in to replace caretaker coach Rafa Benitez. While Lampard may be at the back-end of his career and turns 35 in June, the midfielder is still a top talent and Chelsea’s leading goalscorer this season with 13 goals.

According to the Mail, Miss Bleakley, 34, who is a native of Northern Ireland, was reluctant to move the Los Angeles and was quoted in January saying: ‘I’m a homebird. Coming to London was a big deal for me. I’m as far away from my mum and sister now than I feel comfortable with.”

Miss Bleakley is known for hosting shows such as “Dancing on Ice” and “That Dog Can Dance”.

With four games left on the season, Lampard is just two goals shy of becoming Chelsea’s all-time goalscorer. He came off the bench to score his 201st Chelsea goal in the Blues 2-0 win over Swansea last weekend. He needs one more goal to tie the club’s goal scoring record held by Bobby Tambling, who played for the goals for the Blues between 1959 and 1970.

John Haydon wrote a weekly soccer column for The Washington Times for 20 years. He has covered two World Cups and written about Major League Soccer from the league’s inception in 1996.

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John Haydon has covered soccer for The Washington Times for two decades. He has reported on international soccer events in Germany, South Korea and Spain. John hails from Birmingham, England and has lived in the Washington D.C. region for over twenty years.  

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