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The former boyband member and American actress would replace current judges Louis Walsh and Nicole Scherzinger, it is believed.

Louis Walsh, Sharon Osbourne, Nicole Scherzinger and Simon Cowell
Image:Judges Louis Walsh, Sharon Osbourne, Nicole Scherzinger and Simon Cowell

If they make it onto the panel, they would become the first husband-and-wife team to judge on the show.

The pair, who have been married since 2009, are preparing to sign a £10m deal with the ITV show, according to the Daily Mirror.

Field, who previously starred in US soap Days Of Our Lives, is now a regular panellist on daytime chat show Loose Women.

Last month she interviewed Simon Cowell, who created the show in 2003 and has been a full-time judge on the panel since day one.

Field posted a picture on Instagram with the caption: "Hope he puts me through to the next round!"

Walsh, 65, who has appeared in all but one series confirmed he would be leaving the X Factor earlier this week.

He said he would now focus on "another series of Ireland's Got Talent, going back to my day job as a manager, writing my memoirs and seeing the world".

Sharon Osbourne will also have a smaller role, with show bosses describing the shake-up as "the start of a new era".