Strictly Coming Dancing bosses want Bruce Grobbelaar in the ballroom

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Strictly bosses want Bruce Grobbelaar for the next series credit:Bang Showbiz
Strictly bosses want Bruce Grobbelaar for the next series credit:Bang Showbiz

Bruce Grobbelaar is reportedly one of the 'Strictly Come Dancing' team's top picks for the next series.

The former Liverpool FC goalkeeper is among the dream cast memebrs for the BBC One’s star studded Latin and ballroom competition - which features a judging panel of Craig Revel-Horwood, Anton Du Beke, Shirley Ballas and Motsi Mabuse - and it's said producers are hoping to get the 64-year-old retired footballer on board.

A source told The Sun newspaper's TV Biz column: “Bosses are determined to get Grobbelaar to sign on the dotted line.

"Even getting him to agree to a meeting was a mission but so far he’s dragging his heels.

“He’s made it clear the only way he will sign up is if they agree a big money package. Producers are willing to splash out to get him but have a limit as to how much they can spend.”

Bruce - who gained a reputation for his distracting ‘spaghetti legs’ during the Red’s 1984 European Cup penalty shoot out, believed to have led to their victory against Roma - is not the only name reportedly on the producers' wish list.

Television personality and chef Gino D’Acampo was dubbed as someone with “universal appeal”, according to reports.

An insider claimed: “They view Gino as someone who has universal appeal, who is up for a laugh and more than capable of keeping audiences entertained.”

Meanwhile, ‘Celebrity Big Brother’ presenter Emma Willis previously threw her hat in the ring to compete for the glitter ball trophy - labelling it her “dream” - but expressed hesitancy about the level of “commitment” needed.

She said: “You’ve got to commit, and that’s the thing, you either go hard or go home. It has to be full commitment across the board.”

And Dawn French has also voiced her interest in taking part but didn’t want to be made to “silly things” on the dance floor.

The comedy legend explained: “I fear I would be regarded as the funny one and made to do silly things. I take dancing seriously and I would like to do proper dancing.”