LAMPARD BEGINS HOUSE-HUNTING IN LA

Frank Lampard’s run of goalscoring form either side of the new year is yet to prompt a formal U-turn in Chelsea’s decision to allow him to leave this summer.

He has been free to negotiate with foreign clubs since January 1 and talks are at an advanced stage with LA Galaxy over a move at the end of the English season.

Sources understand that Lampard has now instructed agents to find him a selection of properties to choose from in Los Angeles as he prepares for a new life on the west coast.

The Blues star is only likely to turn his back on the huge offer on the table from the American club if Chelsea revise their decision to let him leave.

The midfielder was officially told on December 31 that he was free to find a new club but Roman Abramovich’s sanctioning of a new contract for Ashley Cole, 32, in January, has prompted hope from Blues fans that the club’s owner will do the same with Lampard, who turns 35 in June.

The England man’s strike against Wigan on Saturday was his 10th goal in 15 games for club and country and took his Chelsea career haul to 198, just four short of Bobby Tambling’s club record.