Vinnie Jones has revealed how Sir Elton John offered to “break the bank” to get him to join the Hornets.

The actor and former professional footballer was speaking to former Sky Sports reporter Geoff Shreeves on his new podcast Football, Music and Me.

In the episode set to be released today, April 4, Jones recalled how the pop icon and then-Hornets manager “tried everything” to get him to join the club while he was a player at Wimbledon.

He said: “So he wanted to sign me, he said ‘you’re Harry’s number one’, I’m going to break the bank for you.

“But if I had gone to Watford, I wouldn’t have won the FA cup.”

Watford Observer: Jones was speaking to Geoff Shreeves for the latest episode of his podcast.Jones was speaking to Geoff Shreeves for the latest episode of his podcast. (Image: Football, Music and Me)

The actor was born in Bedmond and played for the local team as a youngster, before moving on to join a variety of teams including Leeds United, Chelsea, and Queens Park Rangers.

But he revealed he has stayed close to his roots: “All my family are Watford fans and I’m still a Watford fan.

"I go to all the games when I’m here.”

After leaving the world of football, Jones made his name appearing in gangster films, such as Guy Ritchie's 1998 hit Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels.