A top Premier League footballer allegedly paid off a transgender glamour model following a two year fling, amid claims she had tried to extort cash from him, reports the Sunday People.
The married player had been secretly dating the curvy blonde behind his wife’s back and is understood to have made a legal bid to silence the woman.
Sources say the star, who also plays for his national side, is more concerned about friends finding out his secret fling was with someone who is transgender – rather than hearing about his infidelity.
His legal advisers have now offered her a £7,500 payment in a bid to keep quiet – threatening to go to the police if she exposed him – and are encouraging her to sign a non-disclosure agreement.
But she insists she received only half of this amount and is now furious.
It is thought the pair played home and away, with liaisons in exotic locations in North America and South America.
Despite being married, the star is understood to have repeatedly told the model he loved her – but still went on to ditch her.
Now the pair remain locked in an ongoing dispute, with the footballer accusing her of extortion and harassment after she vowed to spill the beans about their relationship.
But despite threatening to make their relationship public, his dumped lover insists that she never asked for money from the star – and now regrets agreeing to his terms.
Friends of the woman claim she genuinely believed he loved her – and insist that she never hid the fact she was transgender from him.
But it is believed the player was deeply concerned he might be ridiculed if the fact she was born a man became known amongst his friends – and it is part of the reason he ended it.
He is also understood to have been deeply concerned about potential damage to his reputation in the dressing room.