Gavin and Stacey star James Corden is on the brink of signing a £6 million three-year deal with ITV, making him their third highest paid star.
According to reports in The Mirror, sources say that ITV is set on tempting the 32-year-old BAFTA winner away from the BBC, by offering him his own primetime chat show and comedy series.
Sources say James has apparently been dubbed ‘ITV1’s golden boy’ after pulling in 300 per cent more viewers than expected with his World Cup Live show.
However, insiders say that James, who is in talks with the BBC, will only accept an ITV deal if he is offered more than ex-One Show host Adrian Chiles.
An insider said: “James’ football show has been a roaring success. ITV are desperate to get him on an exclusive deal.
“But he’s a canny businessman and will only accept if it’s worth more than Chiles’ £6 million over four years.”
If he does agree to an ITV move, James will be the third biggest signing close behind the likes of Ant and Dec, and Simon Cowell who is on £10million.