Maroon 5
Maroon 5 are said to be the NFL's current favourite to headline the Super Bowl half-time show in 2016 Christopher Polk/Getty Images

Maroon 5 could be set for the biggest performance of their career so far with reports that the band are the latest frontrunners to headline the Super Bowl 2016 half-time show. The news comes after boy band One Direction were rumoured to take to the stage as one of their last appearances before splitting up.

According to E! News, Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine has been in "extensive talks" with the NFL organisers who are undoubtedly keen to make it the biggest half-time show yet as the American football event celebrates its 50th anniversary. The source claims that while the likes of Coldplay and Bruno Mars have been discussed as possibilities, Maroon 5 is currently the favourite pick.

In September 2015, the Daily Star On Sunday claimed NFL bosses believed 1D, consisting of Harry Styles, Liam Payne, Louis Tomlinson and Niall Horan, would bring in huge audience figures given their popularity and large fanbase.

An insider told the newspaper: "NFL bigwigs want a one-off show that will be remembered and garner the greatest audience figures ever. Obviously the 12-minute half-time show will be worth millions in revenue, sales and downloads too. With the band finishing it would be the ultimate way for the group to say farewell to their fans."

Singer Katy Perry had the pleasure of headlining the 2015 half-time show on 1 February, during which she was joined by surprise guests the Red Hot Chili Peppers and rapper Missy Elliott, while Bruno Mars scored the most-watched Super Bowl half-time show in 2014 with more than 115.3 million tuning in to watch his performance. Other performers in recent years have included Beyonce, Madonna, The Black Eyed Peas, The Who, and Bruce Springsteen.

Maroon 5 certainly have the back catalogue to fill the 12-minute set with the band having released five studio albums. The group have also amassed a string of popular singles, including Moves Like Jagger, She Will Be Loved, Makes Me Wonder, One More Night, and This Love.