Williams to replace Cowell on `X-Factor`?

London: Music mogul Simon Cowell has reportedly finalised singer Robbie Williams to replace him as a judge on "The X-Factor".

The "Take That" star is on the verge of signing a ­contract and would be joining Louis Walsh, Dannii Minogue and Nicole Scherzinger as a ­permanent judge.

"Robbie being on the panel is the talk of the show. They are now talking contracts and terms. Rob had been hoping this would happen and is excited about the prospect of joining the show," mirror.co.uk quoted an insider as saying.

"Simon Cowell is ­definitely not returning as a full-time judge but will remain ­involved in some way. Both Dannii and Louis are being invited to return but the final female judging spot is still under discussion," the insider added.

A spokeswoman for the show said: "No decisions have been made yet about the panel."