Defunct British boy band Take That have agreed to a nostalgic reunion tour next year (06) - without Robbie Williams.

The NEVER FORGET hitmakers are expected to announce their much-anticipated return at a press conference later today, British newspaper the Sun reports, despite solo star Robbie Williams' refusal to take part.

The remaining foursome - Gary Barlow, Mark Owen, Jason Orange and HOWARD DONALD - will each receive a $2.7 million (GBP1.5 million) for the tour, which will take in major UK stadiums and mark 10 years since their split.

SIMON MORAN, a spokesman for tour organisers SJM Concerts, says, " I think a tour with the boys would be amazing.

"They have a massive fan base. There are so many girls who would love to see them gig again.

"I've no doubt they could sell out venues."