Simon Cowell — I Want Britney Spears on ‘X Factor’ … BADLY

Simon Cowell has finally admitted … he”s GUNNING HARD to get Britney Spears as a judge on the next season of “X Factor.”

Cowell just called in to “our sources Live” … and told us, “I would love to have her on the show … I think she would be a fascinating person to sit next to.”

Simon said he couldn”t reveal too much about the negotiations … but did seem optimistic and hinted that he would have an answer from Britney”s camp within the week.

Stay tuned …