Speculation is mounting that ITV is out to poach The One Show presenter Christine Bleakley to front a number of their high-profile shows.

And according to the News Of The World, the network’s boss Peter Fincham is considering Christine as a replacement for Holly Willoughby on The Xtra Factor.

Holly’s future on the ITV2 spin-off show is in doubt as she is now presenting This Morning five days a week – although Christine’s commitment to The One Show could present a similar problem, a source said.

“ITV are desperate to nick Christine from the Beeb,” the insider said. “They’re in talks about a number of very big projects.

“But she’s very reluctant to leave The One Show, and that would make it hard for her to present Xtra Factor on Saturdays and Sundays because it would mean working seven days a week.”

However the source added that Christine had expressed interest in working for the network.

“ITV has been going after Christine for ages and now she is at the table. The BBC will be very worried as they’ve been building her up into one of their big icons by getting her to co-host events like Sport Relief and putting her in Strictly Come Dancing.

“But she doesn’t have a golden handcuffs deal which means she can do shows on rival networks,” the insider said.

“Obviously the Beeb don’t want her on the rival station but they might have to let her do some work there just to keep her on The One Show.”