Alex Scott is thought to be poised to replace Sue Barker on A Question Of Sport after impressing bosses during previous appearances on the show.
The former England defender and Strictly Come Dancing contestant, 35, is set to meet with TV bosses in October about the opportunity.
It comes after it was revealed that Sue Barker, 64, was axed as host of the show after 24 years, alongside the team captains Matt Dawson and Phil Tufnell.
New job? Alex Scott is said to be poised to replace Sue Barker on A Question Of Sport after impressing bosses during previous appearances on the show (pictured during Strictly in 2019)
A source told The Sun that Alex was being 'lined up' as Sue's replacement as she also has lots of sporting knowledge and experience.
The insider said: 'Like Sue, she's a former sportswoman and she also has five years of broadcasting under her belt.
'This has nothing to do with gender, nor is it a case of the BBC trying to be woke.
'While a lot can happen over the next three months, as things stand Alex is genuinely considered the best woman for the job.'
Changes: It was revealed earlier this week that Sue, 64, has been axed from BBC's A Question Of Sport, alongside team captains Matt Dawson (left) and Phil Tufnell (right), so that bosses can draft in fresh talent
The source also explained how Alex had impressed BBC bosses when she appeared on the show in the past.
Alex has guest-starred on A Question Of Sport twice, with one occasion being aired in November 2016.
During the episode she appeared alongside Olympic gold medallist James Cracknell, England cricketer Mark Wood and Scottish rugby star Stuart Hogg.
MailOnline has contacted representatives for Alex and the BBC for comment.
During her athletic career, Alex has represented Great Britain at the London 2012 Olympics and was awarded an MBE in 2016 as well as scoring 12 goals for England.
After retiring from football in 2017 she went on to be the first female pundit on Sky Sport's Super Sunday show.