Frank Lampard will join Manchester City on loan in a shock short term move, reports the Guardian.
The former Chelsea midfielder, who was released by the London club at the end of his contract, will join City on loan until March. He's already signed for the club's MLS franchise, New York City FC.
There are reports Lampard will be registered in City's Premier League and Champions League squads. The deals suits the Blues as Lampard is an English player.
The home team are still without central defender Matija Nastasic (calf) as Arsenal visit the Etihad Stadium in the Barclays Premier League on Saturday:-
Manchester City have confirmed the signing of Spanish striker Alvaro Negredo from Sevilla.The 27-year-old, who has 14 Spain caps and six international goals, follows Jesus Navas from Seville. Negredo will cost City a reported initial fee of £16.4million plus add-ons of up to £4.2million.
Brazilian full-back Maicon has joined Roma from Manchester City on a permanent deal. The 31-year-old joined City last summer from Inter Milan but struggled to win a regular place in the first team.
Meanwhile the Blues are also closing in on the signing of Sevilla striker Alvaro Negredo. He has announced he will be moving to the Etihad Stadium, subject to a medical.
Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini says the club's owners support his decision to back Mario Balotelli.
Mancini and Balotelli clashed on the training ground on Thursday after the Italian striker made a tackle on a teammate.