We could be hearing a new Noel Gallagher album sooner than expected.

The one-time Oasis man told NME that he was "halfway" through recording his third solo album - the follow-up to last year's 'Chasing Yesterday' - and that he hopes to release it in 2017.

He said that he plans to go back into the studio next month and have it finished by Christmas.

"That is absolutely best-case scenario, that it's done in time for Christmas and I'll be able to sit on my arse for three months at the start of 2017, watching Man City's glorious run to football domination." he said.

He added that he has used different working methods for his third High Flying Birds record. "I don't like talking about it until it's finished, because many a record was bought and sold off people saying 'This is my Sgt Pepper' and then you hear it and you think 'what the fuck are you on about?'".

"What I will say is that I am doing something different this time, to amuse myself – I am writing in the studio for the first time. As a rule I've not allowed myself to go in with any completed songs, so I am writing in there, it's happening all around me during the day. That process can be quite frustrating, but the results are speaking for themselves at the moment."

The full interview can be read in the latest issue of NME.