PLANS: 'Hello' hitmaker Lionel Richie

Lionel Richie and Adele have both had big hits with songs called Hello.

And the two singers began discussions about recording a duet together at the end of last year but nothing definite has been put in place yet.

Lionel, 67, accepts that Adele, 28, is busy this year on her first tour and has to take her 25 album around the world, but he’s houing dik with the British songstress that when she’s back at her American home, she gets in the studio with him.

He jokingly said: “She’s on tour now and she’s got to get used to it. She has to push through. I’m going to give her a year and at the end of this year I’m going to go and attack her in her home. She has a nice house somewhere outside Los Angeles so I’m going to stand outside the gate and say: ‘Adele, it’s me. Hello, it’s me!’”

He added: “Our first encounter was at the Grammys, she is personable. Four minutes into talking we were like old school friends.”