ZAYN Malik is secretly putting together a crack team to launch his solo music career.
Industry insiders say the former One Direction star has been in talks with manager Sarah Stennett â€“ a top music executive who has helped mastermind the careers of Rita Ora, Ellie Goulding and Jessie J.
A source said Zayn knows he needs serious professionals around him if he wants to make it big on his tod, so it sounds as if heâ€™s going about things the right way.
Up until now, heâ€™s been quietly working on new material with his producer pal Naughty Boy â€“ but it seems the time is right to step things up a gear.
My source said: â€œUntil now, things have been a bit up in the air and a lot of the public information about Zaynâ€™s career has come from Naughty Boy chatting about it.
â€œBut Zayn has decided now is the time to get serious.
â€œSarah Stennett is very experienced. Sheâ€™s one of the best in the industry â€“ but she wonâ€™t want anybody around who is too much of a livewire or keeps gossiping.
â€œIt might be that Naughty Boy will have to take a back seat in the new set-up.â€
Watch this space â€“ and watch your mouth, Naughty Boy. – Mirror