BECKY Vardy and Coleen Rooney’s lawyers will return to court today for a hearing that may hasten the end of their libel battle.
Mum-of-five Becky will ask judges to “strike out” parts of Coleen’s defence on the grounds they are irrelevant or too weak to succeed in a trial.
If her application is granted, Coleen’s hope of winning would be seriously weakened — if not fatally wounded — and their 18-month Wagatha Christie fight may end.
Becky, 39, wife of Leicester City striker Jamie, 34, has also asked London’s High Court to reach an early ruling — a summary judgment — on Coleen’s claim that Becky leaked details of her “TV plans” to the media.
It is one of three stories mum-of-four Coleen says she planted in a bid to expose the source of stories about her personal life.
Becky’s legal team claim details of Coleen’s TV options, including Strictly, appeared in magazines weeks earlier.
Becky and Coleen have previously held failed mediation sessions over Zoom during the pandemic.
Becky’s latest bid to sink Coleen has cost £78,000 — on top of £431,158 already splurged.
If the case gets to trial she expects to spend a further £465,842.
Coleen, 35, whose hubby is England legend Wayne, 35, has spent £181,250 and budgeted for an extra £402,312.
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She says the climbing costs are “grotesque”.
A trial has been pencilled in “before next Easter”.