Promotion hopes for Leeds United and West Brom have been greatly boosted

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Leeds United and West Brom have received a huge boost in their hopes of getting promoted after further Premier League talks with heads of government, Football Insider understand.

The return of the English elite is approaching after the Premier League has progressed to a stage where matches could resume in camera in mid-June under special permission.

Premier League source said Football Insider that the Championship could follow suit by resuming matches under strict guidelines.

These include playing matches behind closed doors and keeping players in a strict and sterile environment even when the coronavirus pandemic is expected to have peaked.

Health officials have insisted behind the scenes that things will start to improve in the UK by mid-April and that distancing measures will start to have an impact on the number of cases in the UK. Kingdom and the number of deaths that ensue.

Significantly, there appears to be a strong desire from the government for elite football to resume as soon as it is deemed safe.

An agreement in principle is about to be drawn up after the 20 Premier League clubs meet on Friday, and this will have a massive ripple effect for the Football League.

EFL chief Rick Parry has been in constant contact with championship clubs, including the top two Leeds and West Brom, with negotiations on a daily virtual basis.

On Friday, it was announced that the April 30 resumption date had been postponed indefinitely.

For reasons of sporting integrity and to avoid having to pay a huge financial discount to broadcasters and sponsors, the preference for Premier League and Football League clubs is to end the season.

Leeds and West Brom, who are well ahead of the league with nine games to play, could make legal choices against the Premier League if the season was null and void, as could Fulham, Nottingham Forest, Brentford and Preston North End.

In other news from Leeds United, a flop signing should be a completely different beast in the Premier League next season by Danny Mills.



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