The League of Ireland appears to be inching closer to an August return after another day of talks with the Football Association of Ireland. 

The league has been suspended since March due to to the coronavirus pandemic and is now the only summer league in Europe without a resumption date.

Clubs are wary of being asked to return behind closed doors and last week the league rejected the FAI's initial proposals to cover some of the loss of vital gate receipts as part of a €1.7m rescue package.

Progress is believed to have been made on Wednesday, however, with the FAI reportedly upping that total figure to €3.3m. A greater proportion of it would also be paid out upfront.

It is also now believed that neutral venues and extensive pre-testing will not be necessary by August, allowing that money to be redirected to the clubs.

A streaming service that would charge €5 per game (with season-pass discounts) is among proposed methods of raising extra revenue. 

The cash-strapped FAI is hopeful of securing funding from the Government and FIFA, to go with grants from UEFA and Sport Ireland, to avoid having to cover a €2m shortfall in funding the package themselves, but have committed to doing so if necessary.

RTÉ Sport understands that some clubs are holding out for relegation to be cancelled this year, as it has been proposed that the top division's fixture schedule be reduced from the initially planned 36 rounds of games to 18.

Premier Divison teams have already played four or five matches each.

The possibility of cancelling the FAI Cup to shorten the season was also discussed, with the FAI in favour of an abridged version with just the League of Ireland teams rather than outright cancellation.

Further talks between the clubs and FAI will take place on Tuesday.

Meanwhile the players and staff from Bohemians have received negative results from their fifth round of tests for COVID-19, as part of the FAI's pilot programme for a safer return to action for all Irish football.

FAI Medical Director Dr. Alan Byrne received the results yesterday after Bohemians were tested ahead of training on Monday evening.

All those tested have been informed of their negative result.Dundalk,

Shamrock Rovers and Derry City also returned negative results and were informed of their negative results on Tuesday.

The FAI has conducted five rounds of testing on all four European qualified squads and all have produced negative results.