“She’s definitely part of it – as are quite a few others,” the source said.
Now Leith has revealed that after having “two auditions” and “lots of meetings”, she is close but there is one other person alongside her still in the running to replace Mary Berry when the show moves from the BBC to Channel 4.
Leith was speaking at a charity event when she said: “I can wish. I can dream. I’ve had two auditions with them and lots of meetings.
“So I mean I think I’m close but I know there are two people in the running. One other person,” the BBC reports her as saying.
“Of course I’d love to do it. Who wouldn’t want to do it?”
Leith also said that she’d known Berry “for years” and that she “loved it”.
A spokesperson for the show told RadioTimes.com: “We will be announcing the line up of The Great British Bake Off in due course”.