03/03/2017 12:13 GMT

'Big Brother' 2017: 'Peru Two' Michaella McCollum And Melissa Reid 'In Talks' For New Series

'Michaella has made no secret of her dream to become a reality TV star.'

‘Big Brother’ could be about to land its most controversial signing yet, with the so-called “Peru Two” Michaella McCollum and Melissa Reid reportedly close to signing on the dotted line.

For this year’s civilian series, Channel 5 producers are hoping to draw in pairs, with The Sun claiming the former convicts - who were caught trying to smuggle £1.5 million’s worth of cocaine out of Peru in 2013 - are “in talks” with bosses.

The 'Peru Two' facing the media in 2013
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It was previously reported that Michaella had been approached to appear in ‘Celebrity Big Brother’, though when the line-up was eventually announced, she was not among the famous housemates.

Last year’s regular ‘Big Brother’ featured a host of contestants who’d made the news in the past, including broadcaster Andy West, who lost his job at the BBC when he spoke out about Tyson Fury’s nomination for Sports Personality Of The Year, and Natalie Rowe, the former who made a string of allegations about ex-Chancellor George Osborne.

Among those also tipped for the new series are Dean Salmon, brother to ‘Love Island’ star Katie Salmon and plastic surgery-lover Rodrigo Alves.

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