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Maura Higgins has reportedly followed Katie McGlyynn on Instagram, after it was confirmed she will be taking part in Strictly Come Dancing.

Love Island star Maura, 30, could be keeping tabs on former Coronation Street actress Katie, 28, as she was previously romantically linked to Maura's boyfriend Giovanni Pernice, who is a professional dancer on the BBC show.

Maura, who recently took a romantic trip with her man, is said to have recently followed the actress on the social media platform, according to The Sun Online.

It comes after reports that bosses of Strictly Come Dancing hope to pair pro Giovanni, 30, with Katie, who recently joined the cast of Hollyoaks.

A TV insider told the publication: "This would be a dream ticket for Strictly producers, but a potential nightmare for the trio concerned.

"The show’s bosses always strive to pair up pros and celebrities likely to have the most chemistry. In that respect, Giovanni and Katie are an obvious choice.

"But they have to consider if that could have the knock-on effect of making life so difficult outside of the rehearsal studio that it might impact on their performances."

The BBC declined to comment when contacted by OK! at the time of publication.

Katie and Giovanni set the rumour mill into full swing as they were spotted at an award ceremony, shortly after Giovanni's split from Corrie actress Georgia May Foote in 2017.

But actress Katie, insisted they only met briefly as she previously denied the rumours.

She said earlier this year: "They were trying to make it look like I was trying to have her boyfriend and I really wasn’t, even though they weren’t together any more, just because he’d dated another Corrie actress at some point.

"I was quite upset about it because I’d not done anything. It was blown up out of all proportion.

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"We weren’t dating. I don’t think he’s my type. I’m sure he’s lovely but that’s why I was surprised with the stories. People were clutching at straws. Nothing happened.

"I’ve met him, it was at an awards party and people just decided we were dating because we were seen talking."

Katie is understood to be single after splitting from Benji Roberts in 2018.

Maura and Giovanni were first rumoured to be dating in June this year after they appeared to be staying in the same Cornish hotel together.

Following weeks of speculation, the pair finally confirmed they were an item with a steamy Instagram photo in July.

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