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The 'Stack It Up' singer said he's been talking to fellow 1D member Louis Tomlinson about getting the band back together.
Payne, 28, told the Mirror: "I spoke to Louis about it and we were saying it has to be sooner rather than later.”
Malik quit One Direction in 2015 and the rest of the band when on an indefinite hiatus in January 2016.
Last year they launched a new official website to mark their 10th anniversary, sparking rumours of a possible reunion tour.
The band have all gone on to release solo material, with Styles winning a Grammy and a Brit Award for his solo single 'Watermelon Sugar'.
Horan poured cold water on the reunion rumours last year saying: "We've barely spoken about it.
“Obviously the band got together in July 2010. Its 10-year anniversary is coming up and we were chatting about if there was anything we could release.”
"We came to the conclusion that there was nothing.
Payne was at the Royal Albert Hall for The Wanted’s Inside My Head gig for Stand Up to Cancer.
Parker said of being back together: "It’s like putting on an old shoe.”
The Wanted formed in 2009 and split in 2014.
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