Liam Payne is planning on buying a house in Malibu.

The One Direction hunk - who recently split from girlfriend Sophia Smith - is following in the footsteps of his band mates Harry Styles and Niall Horan who have homes in Beverly Hills and Los Angeles respectively.

He revealed the news to a female student at the launch of David Beckham's swimwear collection for H&M in London on Wednesday night (14.05.14).

A source told the Daily Mirror newspaper: ''Liam caught the eye of a fashion student from ­California at the bash.

''He made a bee line for her and told her that he is currently looking at buying a ­beachside place in Malibu and that he plans to move there next year.

''He insisted the student, Shelby, and her friends join them after the party.''

The 20-year-old singer was ''chatting-up lots of girls'' at the bash and is keen to ''get back on the market'' after ending his relationship last month.

The source added: ''Liam was chatting-up lots of girls at the party.

''He's making the most of being single, as of all the boys he is the one that has been in the longest relationships while being in the band. He was really keen to get back on the market.''

Meanwhile, One Direction - which also includes Zayn Malik and Louis Tomlinson - will kick off the UK leg of their 'Where We Are Tour' in Dublin on May 23.