cheryl coleSimon Cowell is reportedly adamant to make Cheryl Cole a star in the US - and has hired a team of lawyers to help it happen.

The Girls Aloud star needs a particular type of visa to be able work in the US, including appearing on talkshows - but her 2003 assault conviction means her application will not be straight forward.

A source told the Sun: “Simon was dazzled by Cheryl’s performance on The X Factor.

“He’s certain he can turn her into a global star, but he just needs to iron out her visa problem. He’s employed a firm of experts in Miami and is confident they will be able to reach some kind of arrangement.”

Cheryl was found guilty of assault causing actual bodily harm after an incident in a nightclub toilet in January 2003. She received 120 hours of community service as well as having to pay compensation to the victim and court costs.

The Sun’s source added: “What Cheryl did was a long time ago and entirely out of character. She has never put a foot wrong since.

“Simon is certain her impeccable behaviour since her conviction should be stressed when they make their next application.”