Westlife in 2008
Irish group Westlife pose at The South Bank Show Awards at Dorchester Hotel in London January 29, 2008. REUTERS/Anthony Harvey

Westlife performed their last concert together in 2012, but it now looks like the Irish boy band behemoths never closed the chapter on their career but simply took a hiatus.

X Factor judge Louis Walsh has given the biggest hint yet that the group, consisting of Nicky Byrne, Kian Egan, Shane Filan and Mark Feehily, will reunite. Brian McFadden was a member of the band from 1998 until his departure in 2004

Appearing on This Morning on Friday ( 17 November), the band's former manager told hosts Ruth Langford and Eamonn Holmes that there are already talks of a new album and tour.

"Everyone is talking about when are they going to get back together, I would love them to get back together. I don't know when it's going to happen," Walsh said.

"I'm sure it's going to happen sometime, I'd love it to happen, but we haven't talked about it yet, but I want it to happen in a few years. Whenever they're ready, I want them back together, they're massive."

The band decided to part ways in October 2011, as they had "run out of steam and lost the love for what they are doing".

During their 14 years together, Westlife dominated the charts and sold over 44 million of records worldwide. Hits like Flying Without Wings, You Raise Me Up and World of Our Own earned them 26 UK Top 10 hits, 14 UK Number One Singles and seven chart-topping albums.

In 2012, the Official Charts Company declared Westlife the 34th biggest-selling singles artists in British music history.

In November 2013 Filan released his album You And Me. Following appearances on The X Factor final, it peaked at number 6 on the official UK album chart.