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The show hosted by Ant and Dec in the UK is broadcast on Virgin Media each year in Ireland

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Roy Keane has always been one to speak his mind. (Photo by Dan Istitene/Getty Images)

Roy Keane has always been one to speak his mind. (Photo by Dan Istitene/Getty Images)

Roy Keane has always been one to speak his mind. (Photo by Dan Istitene/Getty Images)

It is a prospect we thought we'd never see, but rumours are swirling that suggest Roy Keane is about to become a reality TV star by signing a lucrative deal to appear on I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here.

The show hosted by Ant and Dec in the UK is broadcast on Virgin Media each year in Ireland and former Ireland and Manchester United captain Keane could be a star contestant this year.

Bookies Paddy Power have installed Keane as their 1/4 favourite to appear on the show, with the Irishman's 1.8 million followers on Instagram from just 21 posts highlighting his mass appeal.

Keane revealed in 2014 that he had been approached to be on I'm a Celebrity and Big Brother, but he turned it down.

"I’ve had the Celebrity Big Brother offers and the jungle stuff," he said at the time. "I met the jungle people, but I thought, ‘Nah, not for me’.

"But the more you say no, the more determined they are to get you , so who knows? There’s more to life than football."

It remains to be seen whether Keane will now be tempted to appear in the show, with a big cheque for a star of his calibre likely to tempt him to take part.

Coronation Street star Simon Gregson is a 4/9 shot to be on the show this year, with Maura Higgins a 3/1 contender and there are rumours that another Irish name is in the mix with Una Healy a 6/1 shot.

I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here was based in the Australian jungle until ITV moved the show to a Welsh castle last year, with this year's edition set to be back at the same UK location.

ITV have started to run adverts for the new series, which is expected to get underway on November 21st.

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