Captains of Premier League clubs have held discussions over possible moves to give money to charity during the coronavirus pandemic.
Players across the league have faced calls to take a pay cut, most notably from health secretary Matt Hancock.
Crystal Palace winger Andros Townsend has said players are “an easy target”.
But led by Liverpool skipper Jordan Henderson, captains have held a call to discuss wage deferrals or cuts, or a move to help fund a charitable cause.
They also discussed ongoing talks involving the Professional Footballers’ Association, the players’ union.
But it is understood players are in advanced talks to set up a collective fund which will offer a “seriously significant” amount, with the NHS the likely beneficiary.
It is not yet known how much will be contributed or if a flat amount from each club will be put forward.
More information on the players’ discussion could become known later on Friday as all 20 clubs are meeting via video call to discuss pushing back the resumption of football from the date initially planned – 30 April.