Cheryl Cole has landed a record deal in the US worth £6 million, it has been reported.
Cole made a short visit to Los Angeles this week, where it is believed that the X Factor judge discussed a lucrative contract with Universal.
The record company has apparently offered to release her latest album Messy Little Raindrops in America next year, in addition to two further albums – although specific details are still being worked out.
A source told The Sun: “Cheryl got a call from some very senior people at Universal saying they wanted to see her. They are the kind of people who when they say, ‘Jump,’ you ask, ‘How high?’
“So she jumped on a plane and went to LA for 36 hours. Derek [Hough] was there to ferry her to and fro and give her support as these big execs can be quite scary.”
Bosses at Universal are said to have called Cole on Sunday night after her single ‘Promise This’ became the fastest-selling UK number one of the year so far.
Update: A journalist who spoke to Cheryl yesterday tweeted saying that she did not sign with Universal but she IS signing with another US record label and that she is definitely not doing US X Factor.