Oasis are planning a reunion without Noel Gallagher.
The band - which originally formed in Manchester in 1991 - split in 2009 after brothers Liam, 42, and Noel, 47, had an explosive argument backstage at a show in Paris, and the original line-up featuring Liam, guitarist Paul 'Bonehead' Arthurs, bassist Paul 'Guigsy' McGuigan and drummer Tony McCarroll are now planning on getting back together.
A source said: "It's very early days but the wheels are in motion. Liam, Guigsy, Bonehead and Tony are all interested and keen to see how it can work."
The news follows numerous denials from Noel - who recently released his second album as Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds, 'Chasing Yesterday' - about any plans for a comeback for the 'Wonderwall' hitmakers.
Despite Noel being the band's key songwriter, the remaining members believe it is the "closest they are going to get" to a reunion, even though some fans may not be impressed by the decision.
The source told The Sun newspaper: "They don't seem to mind Noel not being on board, even though some fans won't regard it as a proper Oasis reunion.
"But as Noel wants no part in the band, it's the closest they are going to get to a full-scale comeback."
The feuding brothers had sparked speculation a full reunion could happen earlier this year as Liam attended one of his brother's shows, although their relationship turned sour once again last week when Noel accused Liam of leaking false information about the band getting back together.
In response, an angry Liam wrote on Twitter: "Re oasis rumours you know I don't bum the press never had never will you know where I am if you need me LG x. (sic)"