Harry Redknapp is reportedly on the cusp of landing a role in 'EastEnders'.

Harry Redknapp

Harry Redknapp

The 73-year-old former soccer player - who was born in Poplar, East London - is close to signing a deal with the BBC that will see him become Mick Carter’s new sidekick.

A source said: "Harry will be a great addition to 'EastEnders'."

Harry - who was a professional soccer player, before turning his hand to management - was crowned the King of the Jungle during his appearance on 'I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here!' in 2018.

And although he doesn't have an acting background, 'EastEnders' bosses are said to have been wowed by his "character and charm".

The insider told the Sunday Mirror newspaper: "Even though he has no traditional acting experience, his character and charm are more than enough to stand him in good stead on the show.

"And with him growing up in the real East End, it makes it even better."

Harry previously revealed he was eager to join the BBC soap.

He said last month: "My ambition for 2021 is to get a part in 'EastEnders' because I'm a real Eastender. I grew up in Poplar, so have a real affinity with the area."

The former West Ham United boss even admitted he'd been thinking about a script for his character.

He shared: "I've already worked out my character and this is the scene...

“Mick Carter and his regular punters are in The Vic. They’re at the bar, having a drink, and one of ’em says, ‘ere, you heard Redknapp has moved back in the area?’

"Another says, ‘Nah, he’s moved to that posh Sandbanks’. Mick then says, ‘Nah, he’s had enough of it. He’s come back’.

"At this point, I come into the pub, they turn around looking shocked and I say, ‘I’ve moved around the corner’.

"Mick then says, ‘Harry is back ’cause we’re starting up a little business. A bit of this, bit of that.'"

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