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Christine Bleakley has her eye on De Niro's penthouse

By Staff Reporter

Christine Bleakley and her footballer fiance Frank Lampard could be moving into Robert De Niro's Manhattan penthouse.

The Taxi Driver actor has rented the duplex apartment for the past two years after his home in the city was destroyed in a fire.

With five bedrooms, four bathrooms, a seven-car garage and 360-degree views of the New York City skyline, it's a home suited to a film legend - and the Newtownards TV presenter could be following in the footsteps of the movie star.

The penthouse has been De Niro's home for the past two years and has recently gone on the market for a cool £26m.

Despite its hefty price tag the 9,000 sq ft apartment - which would cost an incredible £64,000 per month to rent - has already attracted other possible buyers and now Christine and Frank are apparently interested. The couple are relocating across the Atlantic this summer when he joins New York City FC in July.

They were seen emerging from the building clutching a set of floor plans after taking a tour.

Frank and Christine flew to New York for the weekend, where they watched his new team take on Sporting Kansas City at Yankee stadium.

House-hunting was also on the agenda and both left the palatial pad with huge smiles on their faces.

The sprawling duplex, dubbed a 'contemporary masterpiece' and one of the city's 'most magnificent' penthouses' by agents, is situated in the West Village.

It boasts an enormous living room with a wood-burning fireplace, and a master suite with two walk-in closets, an en suite bathroom, library, office, steam room and outside terrace.

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