02/09/2013 07:22 BST

Paul Gascoigne Signs Up For 'Strictly Come Dancing'... In Italy

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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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.”


Photo gallery Gascoigne in court See Gallery