• Frank Lampard is nearing a deal with Crystal Palace
  • Lampard could include a prolific striker in the said deal
  • The ex-Chelsea boss addresses his situation

Frank Lampard could be secretly working on including a prolific striker in his rumored on-going deal with a new club.

Things seem to be going just fine for Lampard in recent times. Widespread rumors have linked him to a head coaching job at Crystal Palace, and the former Chelsea manager is now close to securing an agreement with the club, according to renowned transfer insider Fabrizio Romano.

What’s more, Romano further revealed that Lampard, when finally “appointed,” will pursue Slavia striker Abdallah Sima as his first signing.

“Crystal Palace is still in contact with Frank Lampard and his agent as potential new manager--talks progressing. Abdallah Sima from Slavia Praga is among the options as new signings, also in case Lampard will be appointed,” Romano tweeted.

Apart from Chelsea, West Ham United has also been keeping tabs on Sima, per numerous reports.

In his maiden season with Slavia, Sima has already bagged 11 goals in 20 games. As early as now, some report suggests that the 19-year-old’s game fits the style of Lampard.

An earlier report stated that Crystal Palace is expected to execute a £50 million ($70 million) summer transfer overhaul with an aim to land four or five new signings and several “high-profile” loan players.

Lampard, on his part, is also rumored to be attempting to bring his former players and Chelsea stars Billy Gilmour and Tammy Abraham, whose futures at Stamford Bridge have become uncertain.

Addressing the managing jobs constantly being linked to his name, Lampard recently admitted that he still feels the itch to manage a team.

Moreso, the three-time English Premier League winner stressed that as long as a club has a great platform, he would be open for negotiations.

“It’s something I love doing, I love working in management, even more than I thought I would do," Lampard told The Mirror. "I would take a view ongoing into the championship."

“If it was the right club, the right project for sure,” the 42-year-old continued. “I don’t have an ego where I feel just because I’ve managed in the Champions League, that’s the be-all and end-all. My year at Derby was such an enjoyable year.”

“I probably could have taken an easier route at the time [with Chelsea] whatever that was. Maybe stay at Derby, make another small step to a team where there’s not so much expectation, you’re not expected to win every week and I wanted to get the challenge.”

Frank Lampard has been sacked as Chelsea boss
Frank Lampard has been sacked as Chelsea boss AFP / DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS