Premier League clubs will talk to players about pay reductions and referrals as they bid to weather the Covid-19 crisis.

The top flight have also voted to give £125 million to EFL and National League clubs.

Premier League chiefs, including Tony Bloom and Paul Barber from Albion, met via video conference link today.

A statement read: “In the face of substantial and continuing losses for the 2019-20 season since the suspension of matches began, and to protect employment throughout the professional game, Premier League clubs unanimously agreed to consult their players regarding a combination of conditional reductions and deferrals amounting to 30% of total annual remuneration.

“This guidance will be kept under constant review as circumstances change.

“The league will be in regular contact with the PFA, and the union will join a meeting which will be held tomorrow between the League, players and club representatives.”

The statement said there was “no single solution” to helping clubs in lower leagues.

But it added: “Critically, the League unanimously voted to advance funds of £125 million to the EFL and National League as it is aware of the severe difficulties clubs throughout the football pyramid are suffering at this time.”