According to the sun he wants the singer to sit along side himself Cheryl Cole and and long timer Louis Walsh to complete the line up.
A source said: “Rita is at the top of his list with Cheryl. He has been a massive fan of hers for a while.
“He has offered it to her before but she didn’t think the time was right. Now the ball is very much in her court.
“Simon is planning a huge shake-up next year, as it’s highly likely he’ll be back. Rita and Cheryl would be his dream team.”
Reports coming from the US suggest that the US version of the show is struggling in the ratings and could be axed from screens which will free up time for Simon to rejoin the UK show.