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Gary Barlow: I want Robbie Williams to rejoin Take That

Robbie Williams and Gary Barlow on stage at the 2011 National Movie Awards. Photo: Ian West/PA Archive

Robbie Williams may rejoin Take That to record their new album next year, Gary Barlow has revealed.

The former boy band front man and judge on The X Factor told Jonathan Ross it was his "dream" to reunite all five members of the band.

Barlow claimed he was in touch with Williams "all the time, nearly every day" and that the band would sit down in January to decide whether he would record with them.

Gary Barlow, Howard Donald, Mark Owen, Jason Orange and Robbie Williams make up the original Take That line up. Credit: Suzan/Suzan/EMPICS Entertainment

I'm hoping for five. I mean, it's usually diaries and stuff, but I'm hoping to have Rob with us.

Rob's a big emailer. He loves emailing, block capitals. I hear from him a lot. He's a dad. He's in London at the moment, promoting his new record. He's in a great place.

I always say to people, that Rob I didn't know for 10 years. I didn't know him because I was just reading things through the press. But I know a really good Rob right now. So I've got a good end of the deal.

For us, that's always the dream, to have five.

Williams helped with the band's sixth studio album, Progress, in 2010 - the first time he sang with them since being asked to leave in 1995.

Barlow recently played a gig for troops in Camp Bastion in Afghanistan, saying he "didn't feel in danger at all" - even after the first half was cancelled by a sandstorm and a security alert.

He told Ross: "Once I was there I felt completely safe, and the morale on the camp is amazing. The gig was incredible."