Coronation Street spoilers: Nina Lucas’ love interest ‘unveiled’ as Daniel Osbourne

Corrie: Roy Cropper and Nina Lucas go bat watching

Nina (played by Mollie Gallagher) has been a part of the Coronation Street community for over a year now and she has settled in nicely living with her uncle, Roy Cropper (David Neilson). Unfortunately, as of yet, the teenager hasn’t had a love interest as she has been too focussed on helping others around her such as friend Asha Alahan (Tanisha Gorey) with her self-confidence. However, with Daniel (Rob Mallard) once again single, could it be the café assistant is going to make a bee-line for the father-of-one in upcoming instalments of the ITV soap?

They might seem the most unlikely of pairings but both characters have suffered a loss in their life, making them the perfect fit for one another.

Whereas Nina said goodbye to her father Richard Lucas (Pawl Bown) last year, Daniel bid farewell to his wife Sinead Tinker (Katie McGlynn).

The pair haven’t actually featured in a lot of scenes together but it was one particular exchange between them during last Monday’s double-bill of the weeknight serial drama which raised a few eyebrows.

Searching for his nephew Adam Barlow (Scott Robertson), who was lying lifeless on the floor of the bistro, the father-of-one was in a daze.

It was in this headspace the widower bumped into Roy’s niece as she swept the cobbles situated outside the café.

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Making polite conversation, the youngster said to the father-of-one who was looking at his phone: “You’re up and at them.”

“Yeah, Beth’s [Tinker] got Bertie and I couldn’t sleep,” he replied, to which Nina made a joke he could be the man for her.

“Maybe you’re a fellow nocturnal, eh? A man after my own heart,” she remarked, a comment which certainly drew his eyes away from the screen of his phone.

“Sorry?” he asked in a confused state, with Roy’s niece telling him it was nothing but a light-hearted joke to cheer him up.

A man after my own heart

Nina Lucas

However, could this scene have planted the seeds for a blossoming romance or a steamy affair to begin in the New Year?

Taking to Twitter, one fan thought so as they wrote: “#Corrie I’ve been saying Daniel should be with Nina since the start!”

Earlier this year, the father-of-one did find solace with sex worker Nicky Wheatley (Kimberley Hart-Simpson), who he thought could be his next partner.

Unfortunately, her line of profession and judgement from his family bridged a gap between the pair which was too vast to fill.

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Having been through a whirlwind with Nicky, Nina could be the woman to put the father-of-one on a more stable path.

Actress Mollie recently teased her character was going to be involved in a big storyline going into the New Year.

The soap star teased what’s coming up, saying: “I don’t know too much about it, but I’ve got some big storylines coming up.

“I’m very excited for that – the more I film, the happier I am!” the youngster told Inside Soap Magazine.

Could it be the soap star was hitting towards her alter-ego beginning an affair or romance with Daniel in the not-so-distant future?

Whether the gothic character secures a new lover or not, it seems viewers are still enjoying seeing the café assistant on the cobbles.

One fan wrote on Twitter: “Nina doesn’t take anything off anyone. Wonderful character! #Corrie,” with another adding: “Nina is very funny definitely straight talker says what she feels #Corrie.”

Whilst a third commented: “Love Nina. Everyone needs a goth in their life. #Corrie.”

Coronation Street continues Wednesday at 7:30pm on ITV.

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