Hunky dancer Derek has been in secret talks with Talkback Thames, which produces the show, about a permanent role. Cole wants him to take over from choreographer Brian Friedman, who is being promoted to creative producer on Simon Cowell's new project, the US version of the hit show.
"Derek wants to be creative director, which is the title Brian Friedman had," the Daily Star quoted an insider as saying. "And he has fixed himself up with hot shot LA agents Creative Artists to negotiate a deal for him. But Talkback Thames has told him they can't afford to pay him creative director money. They have offered him a job as a choreographer and that's it. Cheryl thinks Derek is massively talented and wants him to play a big part in the series," insider added.
Cole has been close to Derek since her marriage to cheating footballer Ashley Cole broke apart.