American rocker Meat Loaf says he wants to set up home in Hartlepool on Teesside.
Meat Loaf is already a Hartlepool United fan
The millionaire singer and actor has asked estate agents to pick out suitable properties.
The star's love affair with the town that elected a monkey mascot as mayor, began when he met fans of the town's football club on a television programme.
He has become a supporter of the club, recently promoted to the Nationwide second division.
Meat Loaf - real name Marvin Lee Aday - frequently appears in public with his own Hartlepool United mascot.
Fans of the football team are nicknamed "monkey hangers" by their rivals from neighbouring Darlington.
The nickname derives from a legend that a monkey was executed by locals in the 19th century after it was washed ashore from a shipwreck and was suspected of being a French spy.
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A UK spokeswoman for the Texan-born star, whose Bat out of Hell album is one of the all-time best-sellers, says he is ready to spend £1m on a Teesside retreat.
She said: "He hasn't asked us to pick out anything specific, but he's definitely got something in mind.
"He's in Newcastle playing a show in November and I think he wants to fit in a visit to the town then to look at properties.
"He has been tipped off that parts of northern England are areas of good investment and he wants to find a place for that but also as a base for when he is in Britain."
Ron Greig runs a Hartlepool estate agents and said his office had sent details on a number of properties to Meat Loaf's management.