Chinese club Guizhou Renhe and LA Galaxy are chasing Lampard.
Ex-City and Crystal Palace defender Jihai now captains the Super League side.
And he said: “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 his transfer has been confirmed, but it would be great if it is true.
“Our club is building to become champions and aiming at bigger glory — such as higher level tournaments outside the domestic league.”