It has been reported that the writers of Coronation Street have devised a heart-rending surrogacy story for the ITV soap.

Warning: spoiler alert!

The Daily Star reports that Tina McIntyre (Michelle Keegan) will act as a surrogate mother for Izzy Armstrong (Cherylee Houston) in return for cash.

The shock storyline arises after Izzy's father Owen (Ian Puleston-Davies) refuses to allow Izzy's sister Katy (Georgia May Foote) act as the surrogate.

Owen then offers Tina cash to help Izzy, and Tina agrees because she and boyfriend Tommy (Chris Fountain) are in so much debt.

But Tommy has grave reservations about the arrangement and tells Tina: "I can't do this for nine months. All I just want is it to be me and you."

She replies: "You know that they need us as much as we need them.

"If you want to wipe the slate clean and have the kind of life we want to have, then this has to work.

"We've got to go to that clinic and keep everything crossed that this works."