Incoming 'EastEnders' boss Bryan Kirkwood is reportedly planning to 'sex up' the BBC soap.

According to the Daily Star, the former 'Hollyoaks' producer, who replaces Diederick Santer as executive producer on 20 February, is planning to poach a number of the sexier stars from the Channel 4 serial to "inject young blood" into the BBC's flagship soap.

Names on his wish list apparently include screen McQueen sisters Gemma Merna (Carmel), Jennifer Metcalfe (Mercedes) and Claire Cooper (Jacqui).

A Walford source Digital Spy: "Diederick's still very much at the helm of the Walford ship until February, so any speculation about Bryan's plans or vision for 'EastEnders' is just that.

"'EastEnders' and 'Hollyoaks' are two very different shows, with different tones and audiences, so Bryan will undoubtedly explore different avenues to ensure he puts his mark on the show when he takes over."

They added: "Until then, everyone here is wanting to concentrate on the 25th anniversary to make that it's an extra-special occasion and sends Diederick out with a bang."

Earlier this month, it was confirmed that Santer will vacate the executive producer's office after the show's live anniversary episode, which is due to air on Friday 19 February.

Only a week prior, the BBC revealed that Barbara Windsor (Peggy Mitchell) will bow out of the soap next year.

At the end of last week, Charlie Clements (Bradley Branning) announced his decision to quit and move on to pastures new.

Josie Lawrence (Manda Best) will also finish filming next month and leave screens in the spring.