By Danny Wright
Leeds could be handed a major boost in their hopes of promotion to the Premier League, according to a report.
The Telegraph reports that Reading might be blocked entry to the top-flight as the current Chinese takeover of the club might not be ratified by the PL bosses.
The English Football League gave permission for Chinese business partners Dai Yongge and his sister Dai Xiu Li to take over the Royals.
However Yongge was not allowed to complete a deal to secure the takeover of Hull in September, as the Premier League had huge concerns about the structuring of the deal.
They have taken a different approach to buying Reading which has pleased the Football League chiefs.
However, it is said that Premier League chiefs will take into account the takeover of Hull during their assessment of the club.
It is said that it is even possible that the club might be denied entry into the Premier League if they gain promotion.
Reading have been in talks with the Far East duo since November and look well on their way to securing a play-off spot.
Leeds are also in the mix to grab the second chance of promotion and could find their hopes of return to the top-tier boosted thanks to this latest news.
Huddersfield and Sheffield Wednesday occupy the other play-off spots currently, while Fulham look the only likely club to break into the top six.
Garry Monk’s side are five points clear of Fulham with five games left to play.