Football could have fans back inside English stadiums before Christmas, sources have told ESPN.

The Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) held a landmark meeting on Tuesday with key administrators across football including representatives from the Premier League, the Football Association, the English Football League, the Professional Footballers' Association, anti-discrimination campaigners Kick it Out and the Football Supporters' Association.

Secretary of State Oliver Dowden arranged the meeting in response to stalled talks between the Premier League and the EFL over a rescue package for lower league clubs at risk of bankruptcy due to an absence of matchday going fans resulting from COVID-19.