Niall Horan "flirting" with "Coronation Street" actress Brooke Vincent

Niall Horan has reportedly been “flirting” with Coronation Street actress Brooke Vincent. Sources close to the One Direction singer have said Niall has been chatting with Brooke, who he previously said is his “ideal woman”, despite her relationship with boyfriend Josh McEachran.

Niall, 19, and Brooke, 20, we pictured together last month after running into each other backstage before a One Direction concert in Manchester.

“Thanks @niallofficial,” Tweeted Brooke to accompany a snap of the young stars. “Have a great show!!!”

Niall”s friendship with Brooke comes two years after the Kiss You singer admitted being attracted to her in an interview One Direction gave before they became household names.

During an interview with Niall, Harry Styles, Zayn Malik, Liam Payne and Louis Tomlinson when they were still X Factor hopefuls, the Irish singer confessed he had a crush on Brooke, who plays Sophie Webster in the ITV soap.

“Niall has never made any secret of fancying Brooke,” said a source to The Daily Mirror. “So he”s chuffed” they added in reference to the pair”s growing friendship.