Chelsea hero Ashley Cole could be set for a shock return to the Premier League, with Crystal Palace looking to bring him into the club.
Cole left Chelsea at the end of last season after a trophy laden spell with the Blues, choosing to leave England behind and make an attempt at establishing himself in Serie A.
He moved to last season’s second placed finishers Roma, but has struggled to settle since joining the capital city club.
As a result, there have been constant rumours that he is on the cusp of moving back to the Premier League.
Palace might offer him a route back home, with the Selhurst Park side looking to sign him on a second loan spell.
He previously played for the London side on loan from former club Arsenal in the 1999/2000 season, making 14 appearances and scoring one goal.
A return to London, where he spent his entire career prior to his move to Italy, would appeal to him, according to the Daily Mail.
Ex-Chelsea hero Ashley Cole is not surprised that his former Blues teammate has started his time with Manchester City in sensational goalscoring form, as reported by the Daily Star.
The former England international, who retired from the national side after being left out of the squad for this summer’s World Cup in Brazil, has seen Lampard join Chelsea’s Premier League title rivals Man City.
Recent games have seen Lampard on top of his game in front of the net.
Having moved to New York City FC during the summer, Lampard joined the American club’s sister side on loan until the new Major League Soccer season begins.
Lampard began his recent run of form against his former club, where he is the all time leading goalscorer.
Including hitting the equaliser in that particular game, Lampard has scored four goals in his last three clubs for the Etihad Stadium club.
Cole could face Lampard tomorrow with Roma, and said about the midfielder: “I never expected to play against him. If I play and Lamps is selected it will be nice because he is a good friend of mine.
“I think everyone knows what Lampard brings to every team. It’s another experienced player for City and he brings goals.
“He got one against Chelsea. He probably didn’t like that but he’s paid to do a job. It was probably a bit disappointing for him to do that against Chelsea. It will be nice to see him.”