By Michael Brown

16th May, 2020 | 6:00pm

Exclusive: Newspaper detail talks threatening Leeds & West Brom promotion, pundit reacts

Michael Brown insists that “all the Premier League” will want to see Leeds United back among the top flight next season.

The former Elland Road midfielder, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, believes there will not be much opposition to the Whites being promoted regardless of how the season plays out.

The Telegraph claim that after talks last week, Premier League sides are threatening to oppose the likes of Leeds and West Brom being sent up this year if the top-flight is completed but the Championship is not.

Leeds currently sit one point clear at the top of the table, while second-placed West Brom are a further six points ahead of third-placed Fulham.

Brown believes that nearly all Premier League sides will want the Whites back among the elite of English football next season and that there will not be many who try to prevent them being promoted.

Brown told Football Insider: “I think all the Premier League would love to see Leeds United in the Premier League again and I think they’ll all be looking forward to that.

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“You’re going to want Leeds United being a top club in the Premier League, for sure. I think they’ll want Leeds United to go, I think everyone will know that they deserve the promotion – that was what everyone was trying to achieve.

“Everyone will be fully aware the job they’ve done, the position they’re in and nobody will really want to stand in their way.”

Leeds have been missing from the top flight since 2004 and spent three seasons in League One between 2007 and 2010 before returning to the Championship.

After finishing 13th in the 2017/18 campaign, the Whites failed in their hunt for promotion last season as they were knocked out of the play-offs by Derby County.

In other Leeds United news, Noel Whelan has addressed a potential transfer ban at Elland Road.