Joey Essex is in talks to join I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here!, according to reports.

The Daily Mirror said that the star of ITV2’s The Only Way Is Essex is still thinking about the offer, because he’d have to give a large chunk of his appearance fee to the production company behind the scripted reality show that sprung him to fame.

A source was quoted as saying: “Joey plans to do one more series of TOWIE, which starts at the end of September, then leave the show.

“ITV bosses want to make him a huge star and he knows now is the right time to go and do something different.

“He’s in talks with I’m A Celeb, but also has some exciting solo projects in the pipeline too.”

If Joey, 22, does enter the jungle, he’ll be following in the footsteps of former TOWIE star Mark Wright, who was runner-up on the ITV show.

Mark has since worked on a number of TV projects, including the Take Me Out spin-off show, and has a party planning series on the way.