George Clooney and wife Amal Alamuddin are trying for a baby, a source tells Us Weekly. Credit: Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images

Man with a family plan! Fatherhood “hasn’t been high on my list,” George Clooney said in May. But nearly 10 months after walking down the aisle with Amal Alamuddin in Italy, the actor, 54, is now ready to make children a priority.

“They decided that it would be the right time,” a source reveals in the new issue of Us Weekly. “Amal isn’t taking on extra work at the moment and just continuing with the cases she has.”

In fact, an insider says the human rights lawyer, 37, hopes to welcome a little one in London next year — right on schedule for the completion of the pair’s renovated $15 million English countryside home. “The building plans include a nursery,” says another insider of the 9,000 square-foot 17th century mansion, which also boasts nine bedrooms and eight bathrooms. “They hope to have all the work done by Christmas.”

And the two aren’t leaving their family’s future to chance. “They recently visited a fertility center,” adds a third source. “This is something they really want."

That new desire is partially thanks to the couple’s friends. The 54-year-old Gravity star “loves the relationships his friends have with their kids,” an insider adds. “George is ready for this step and he thinks that Amal will be a great mother.”

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