BBC presenter Gary Lineker has been eyed up by ITV, amid the controversial row over his social media.

Final week, Leicester Metropolis and England legend Lineker turned embroiled in a storm when he tweeted {that a} Conservative authorities coverage in the direction of refugees was “immeasurably merciless”, calling into query the broadcaster’s impartiality pointers. 

Lineker is the highest-paid earner on the Beeb and briefly “stepped again” from presenting duties on beloved highlights bundle Match of the Day this weekend, on account of the row over his use of his Twitter account – earlier than his reinstatement to duties this morning by his employers. 

Tv presenter and former footballer Gary Lineker leaves his house on Sunday (Picture credit score: Hollie Adams/Getty Photos)

But the Mail (opens in new tab) have claimed that rival broadcaster ITV have considered the chaos over on Channel One as their “finest probability” to ever snare the 62-year-old for their very own – and that they had been ready to triple Lineker’s pay to be able to safe him.