Paul Gascoigne has signed up for 'Strictly Come Dancing'... in Italy.

The troubled ex-footballer will reportedly pocket £400k for appearing on the Italian version of the BBC ballroom show.

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Paul Gascoigne

He is said to be hoping the show will help beat his demons with alcohol, as he leaves Britain for a few months to 'start again'.

A source close to the star told The Sun: “Paul is fit and is keen to show off his nifty footwork.

“He believes the show will give him a focus and help him stay off the booze.

“Paul is determined to stay on the straight and narrow. This high-profile TV appearance will help with that.”

Earlier this year, he admitted he was considering appearing on 'I'm A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here'.

Last month, Paul - who has battled problems with alcohol for years - admitted common assault and drunk and disorderly charges linked to an incident at a railway station in court.

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    Paul Gascoigne arrives at Stevenage Magistrates Court in Stevenage, Hertfordshire, where he is charged with two counts of common assault following an incident at Stevenage railway station on July 4.

  • Paul Gascoigne court case

    Paul Gascoigne arrives at Stevenage Magistrates Court in Stevenage, Hertfordshire, where he is charged with two counts of common assault following an incident at Stevenage railway station on July 4.

  • Paul Gascoigne court case

    File photo dated 13/12/2010 of former England soccer star Paul Gascoigne, who will appear in court today charged with two counts of common assault following an incident at a railway station.

  • Paul Gascoigne court case

    Paul Gascoigne arrives at Stevenage Magistrates Court in Stevenage, Hertfordshire, where he is charged with two counts of common assault following an incident at Stevenage railway station on July 4.

  • Paul Gascoigne court case

    Paul Gascoigne arrives at Stevenage Magistrates Court in Stevenage, Hertfordshire, where he is charged with two counts of common assault following an incident at Stevenage railway station on July 4.

  • Paul Gascoigne court case

    Paul Gascoigne arrives at Stevenage Magistrates Court in Stevenage, Hertfordshire, where he is charged with two counts of common assault following an incident at Stevenage railway station on July 4.

  • Paul Gascoigne court case

    Paul Gascoigne arrives at Stevenage Magistrates Court in Stevenage, Hertfordshire, where he is charged with two counts of common assault following an incident at Stevenage railway station on July 4.

He previously told 'Daybreak' he loves being sober, after spending a spell in a rehab facilty.

“Sometimes you try not to look too far ahead, you know? I just try and keep it in the day as you get told but I really love being sober," he said.

"Sometimes I wonder why I drink but for me it’s nice being tipsy but then I go too far. Sometimes I just don’t know when to stop.”

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  • 'Strictly Come Dancing' Winners

    <strong>Series 1 / 2004</strong> <strong>Winner: </strong>Natasha Kaplinsky <strong>Partner:</strong> Brendan Cole <strong>Also Starring:</strong> Jason Wood, David Dickinson, Verona Joseph, Claire Sweeney, Martin Offiah, Lesley Garrett, Christopher Parker

  • 'Strictly Come Dancing' Winners

    <strong>Series 2 / 2004 </strong> <strong>Winner: </strong>Jill Halfpenny <strong>Partner:</strong> Darren Bennett <strong>Also Starring: </strong>Quentin Wilson, Carol Vorderman, Esther Rantzen, Diarmuid Gavin, Sarah Manners, Roger Black, Aled Jones, Julian Clary, Denise Lewis

  • 'Strictly Come Dancing' Winners

    <strong>Series 3 / 2005</strong> <strong>Winner:</strong> Darren Gough <strong>Partner:</strong> Lilia Kopylova <strong>Also Starring: </strong>Siobhan Hayes, Jaye Jacobs, Gloria Hunniford, Fiona Phillips, Dennis Taylor, Will Thorp, Bill Turnbull, Patsy Palmer, James Martin, Zoe Ball, Colin Jackson

  • 'Strictly Come Dancing' Winners

    <strong>Series 4 / 2006 </strong> <strong>Winner:</strong> Mark Ramprakash <strong>Partner: </strong>Karen Hardy <strong>Also Starring: </strong>Nicholas Owen, Jimmy Tarbuck, Mica Paris, DJ Spoony, Georgina Bouzova, Jan Ravens, Ray Fearon, Peter Schmeichel, Claire King, Carol Smillie, Louisa Lytton , Emma Bunton, Matt Dawson

  • 'Strictly Come Dancing' Winners

    <strong>Series 5 / 2007</strong> <strong>Winner: </strong>Alesha Dixon <strong>Partner:</strong> Matthew Cutler <strong>Also Starring:</strong> Brian Capron, Stephanie Beacham, Willie Thorne, Gabby Logan, Dominic Littlewood, Penny Lancaster Stewart, Kate Garraway, John Barnes, Kelly Brook, Kenny Logan, Letitia Dean, Gethin Jones, Matt Di Angelo

  • 'Strictly Come Dancing' Winners

    <strong>Series 6 / 2008</strong> <strong>Winner:</strong> Tom Chambers <strong>Partner:</strong> Camilla Dallerup <strong>Also Starring:</strong> Phil Daniels, Gillian Taylforth, Gary Rhodes, Jessie Wallace, Don Warrington, Mark Foster, Andrew Castle, Heather Small, Cherie Lunghi, John Sergeant, Jodie Kidd, Christine Bleakley, Austin Healey, Lisa Snowdon, Rachel Stevens

  • 'Strictly Come Dancing' Winners

    <strong>Series 7 / 2009</strong> <strong>Winner:</strong> Chris Hollins <strong>Partner: </strong>Ola Jordan <strong>Also Starring:</strong> Martina Higgins, Richard Dunwoody, Rav Wilding, Lynda Bellingham, Joe Calzaghe, Jo Wood, Zoe Lucker, Craig Kelly, Phil Tufnell, Jade Johnson, Ricky Groves, Natalie Cassidy, Laila Rouass, Ali Bastian, Ricky Whittle

  • 'Strictly Come Dancing' Winners

    <strong>Series 8 / 2010</strong> <strong>Winner: </strong>Kara Tointon <strong>Partner:</strong> Artem Chigvintsev Also Starring: Goldie, Paul Daniels, Peter Shilton, Tina O'Brien, Jimi Mistry, Michelle Williams, Felicity Kendal, Patsy Kensit, Ann Widdecombe, Gavin Henson, Scott Maslen, Pamela Stephenson, Matt Baker

  • 'Strictly Come Dancing' Winners

    <strong>Series 9 / 2011</strong> <strong>Winner:</strong> Harry Judd <strong>Partner:</strong> Aliona Vilani <strong>Also Starring:</strong> Edwina Currie, Dan Lobb, Rory Bremner, Nancy Dell'Olio, Lulu, Audley Harrison, Russell Grant, Anita Dobson, Robbie Savage, Alex Jones, Holly Valance, Jason Donovan, Chelsee Healey

  • 'Strictly Come Dancing' Winners

    <strong>Series 10 / 2012</strong> <strong>Winner:</strong> Louis Smith <strong>Partner:</strong> Flavia Cacace <strong>Also Starring:</strong> Johnny Ball, Jerry Hall, Sid Owen, Colin Salmon, Fern Britton, Richard Arnold, Victoria Pendleton, Michael Vaughan, Nicky Byrne, Lisa Riley, Dani Harmer, Denise van Outen, Kimberley Walsh

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