Speculation is mounting that Sharon Osbourne will join the judging panel on the next series of Britain’s Got Talent.

According to the News Of The World, the former X Factor judge is in advanced talks to replace Piers Morgan – when the series returns in 2011.

Piers announced he was quitting after landing a £12m deal to replace US presenter Larry King on his talk show.

Sharon – who is already a judge on America’s Got Talent – is said to be ‘thrilled’ at the prospect of reprising her role for UK audiences.

“This is a big move for Sharon because things are going so well for her in America but she really wants to so it,” an insider said.

“Simon has always loved Sharon and they have remained very close despite her leaving The X Factor.

“She has proved she is popular on the US version of the show – and he promised her when an opening came up she would be first in line.”

Chat show king Paul O’Grady is also being tipped to join the panel as Simon Cowell’s replacement in the audition stages of the show, after the mogul announced he would not be joining the next series until the semi-final stage.

The show will return for its fifth series next Spring.