Negotiations have begun to get the multi-platinum selling Irish pop vocal group, Westlife, to perform in South Africa next year as part of their historic “The 20 world Tour”, that gets underway in Belfast in two weeks’ time.

Big Concerts International, which has brought the four young lads out to local shores in their heydays, has confirmed that negotiations have commenced.

The Kings of Pop, who split up in 2012, recently released two new singles and has announced an extensive tour of the UK, Ireland and Asia for now.

Westlife, however, says on their website that they intend to reach every city on the planet that has a hunger for the group.

South Africa has already been named in a possible second phase of the comeback international tour on their web page.

Meanwhile Westlife’s American rivals, Backstreet Boys, have embarked on their biggest arena tour in about 20 years. Their much anticipated DNA international tour will kick-off in Lisbon, Portugal on Saturday night.

The Boys will appear in 70 cities in the UK, Europe and North America from May until September this year.

Backstreet Boys have not yet performed in South Africa but have visited the country twice on promotional tours in the past.