Mark Owen is reported to be planning a return to pop when the current series of Celebrity Big Brother finishes.

Universal, EMI and Telstar are all said to be bidding to sign the former Take That star.

Owen has been secretly working with guitarists from the Pretenders and Jamiroquai on new material.

He says he wants to tour as soon as he is kicked out of the Big Brother house and plans to release a single and an album early in 2003.