*The gossip mill has churned out a report that Kim Kardashian – fresh from her 72-day marriage to BA star Kris Humphries – has been hooking up with the New York Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez, but has been careful to avoid being seen with him in public.

A source tells TerezOwens.com that the relationship started, in secret, prior to Kim ever getting together with Humphries – and that the romance has now heated up again.

“Kim and Mark like to meet in hotels for dinner dates and flings. Whenever Kim is in New York, they hang out,” claims the source. “They are very careful with not being seen together, Mark is seeing someone! She has her hopes set on a bigger star than Sanchez. But for now, he will do.”

Sanchez, who was teammates at USC with Kardashian’s ex-boyfriend Reggie Bush, hasn’t been shy about dating celebrities in the past. He’s had reported flings with Kate Upton, Hayden Panettiere and 17-year old Eliza Kruger.