Simon Cowell wants Cheryl Cole back as he revamps ‘X Factor’

London: Simon Cowell, who had axed Cheryl Cole as a judge from US ‘The X Factor’ merely days after the show started, is reportedly swooping for her as he brings his brutal revamp to the British show.

The 52-year-old music mogul is said to have targeted Cole, who is all set to perform on the bitter rival talent show ‘The Voice’, to replace Kelly Rowland.

The move comes after almost the entire team from American ‘The X Factor’ was axed with host Steve Jones and judges Nicole Scherzinger and Paula Abdul all given the chop last week.

“Cheryl is part of The X Factor family. Formal discussions have yet to take place but if she wants to come back she would be welcomed with open arms,” the Mirror quoted a source close to Cowell as saying.

Cowell and the 28-year-old singer made up last year after the Geordie singer flew a cheeky banner past his birthday party teasing him for turning 52.

When asked if that meant he would like her to return, he replied in the affirmative.

“For sure, if she wanted to – 100 percent I think she probably misses me,” he said.