Vinnie Jones is said to have been offered one million dollars to join his former football rival Paul Gascoigne in the Celebrity Big Brother (CBB) house.
The Sun reported that footballer-turned-movie star Jones, 44, who was famously photographed grabbing Gazza's groin during a match in 1988, has been approached with a £620,000 deal.
Gascoigne, 42, who has battled alcoholism and depression in the past, is also among those speculated to be poised to join the Channel 4 reality programme.
Celebrity Big Brother has not confirmed the names of contestants in the show, which kicks off on Sunday.
A spokeswoman for CBB said that, as usual, potential housemates' names were not being confirmed or denied.
The Sun quoted a friend of Jones saying: "He was planning to take January off - but one million dollars for three weeks' work was difficult to turn down."