By ESPNSTAR.com staff
The Chelsea midfielder is in the final year of his contract and is reportedly unlikely to get a contract extension lasting longer than a year because of the club's new policy that seeks to lower the age of the first-team squad.
Recent reports in the British and Chinese media have also indicated that Lampard has been offered a lucrative contract to feature in the Chinese Super League for the Guizhou-based club. The league already boasts former team-mates Didier Drogba and Nicolas Anelka, both plying their trade for noveau riche side Shanghai Shenhua.
If the rumours are true, Lampard would join a growing trend of European footballers making the switch to Asia and Australia with the likes of Dani Guiza, Yakubu Aiyegbeni, Emile Heskey and Alessandro del Piero also having moved to the continent earlier in the year.
Renhe deputy chairman Yang Xiaoyu has already confirmed to Sina.com that negotiations have begun with the player's representatives although he insisted that they were at a preliminary stage.
Sun, in particular, is excited at the prospect of pairing up with a Champions League-winning midfielder as he told the China Daily: "Lampard is a world-class star in both fame and ability and he has played for the world’s best clubs."
"I don't know whether (Lampard's transfer) has been confirmed, but it would be great if it is true.
"I believe the club hopes to build Renhe into a champion, and is aiming at bigger glory, like higher-level tournaments outside the domestic league."
Renhe are currently in with a chance of winning their first trophy as they face league champions Guangzhou Evergrande in the second leg of the Chinese FA Cup final on Sunday. The first leg ended in a 1-1 draw.