Coleen Rooney is said to have offered Rebekah Vardy a deal to end their legal dispute once and for all.
The WAGs fell out in 2019 when Coleen, 34, first accused Rebekah, 39, of leaking stories about her to the press.
Rebekah has repeatedly denied the accusations and issued legal proceedings against Coleen for defamation in order to ‘clear her name’, after their feud ended up going viral, and won the first stage of the libel case.
It’s reported that both women are keen to avoid the case going to High Court, but the pair have failed to come to an agreement in face-to-face meetings.
MailOnline now claims that Coleen has offered Rebekah a deal to end their legal battle – but only if Rebekah accepts that her Instagram account was behind the leaked stories to the press.
The publication reports that if Rebekah accepts her account is to blame, Coleen will accept that Rebekah didn’t personally know of the leaks occurring.
It’s said Coleen believes the money being paid out as a result of the libel trial could be ‘better used elsewhere’ and so she has repeatedly offered to settle – with both stars paying their own legal costs and donating sums to charity.
Rebekah, however, has reportedly declined Coleen’s offers, meaning their case could turn into a full court hearing.
It was previously reported that Coleen is ‘refusing to apologise’ to Rebekah, despite wanting to settle their case out of court.
Sources told The Sun: ‘Coleen is refusing to apologise and is keen to settle this out of court. She’s made it clear to her team that this is all just a huge waste of money in her eyes and that they could resolve it with a statement and a donation to charity.
‘Becky however is adamant she’s not done anything wrong and wants an apology, along with the posts put on social media by Coleen deleted. She isn’t concerned about it going to the High Court and will go all the way to extrapolate herself from this.’
For the case to come to an end, Coleen could be forced to delete her infamous Instagram post – still live on her feed – that outs Rebekah for being behind the leaks.
In the post, Coleen explains that she masterminded an elaborate ruse to uncover the person selling stories about her to the press. She shared fake stories to her Instagram story on her private account, changing the settings so only Rebekah’s account could see them.
When those stories then ended up in the press, Coleen decided to publicly out Rebekah and concluded her post with: ‘I have saved and screenshotted all the original stories which clearly show just one person has viewed them. It’s ……………. Rebekah Vardy’s account.’
Her post then went viral and the hashtag #WagathaChristie started doing the rounds on Twitter.
During the first stage of their libel case, Coleen was ordered to pay Rebekah a sum of £23,000.
A judge ruled that Coleen directly points the finger at Rebekah in her Instagram post and contested Coleen’s team’s claims that she had ‘reasonable grounds’ to suspect Rebekah of breaching her trust and offered that she had been referring to Rebekah’s account, not Rebekah herself.
The judge rejected the claims and ruled: ‘‘I certainly do not think that the ordinary reader would take that single word (account), albeit repeated, to indicate that Mrs Rooney remains in doubt about who the wrongdoer was.
‘There is nothing in these words, apart from the word “account”, that in any way suggests that the behaviour of which Mrs Rooney is complaining might have been carried out by anyone other than the account holder, Mrs Vardy.’
Metro.co.uk has reached out to reps for both Coleen and Rebekah.
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