Scottish Premier League chief executive Neil Doncaster has revealed that top-flight clubs are ready to share their wealth with those below in order to secure consensus on league reconstruction.
SPL clubs on Monday unanimously backed an idea for two top leagues of 12 which split into three divisions of eight after 22 games, with an 18-team bottom league below. They now plan to speak to Scottish Football League clubs, who last month set out vastly different plans for a 16-10-16 structure.
Doncaster said after meeting the 12 clubs: "We understand that there needs to be a lot of redistribution from the biggest clubs and that's something which the clubs, in principle, bought into today."
But the wealth redistribution issue looks to be the key to securing the so far elusive consensus, with more movement between the divisions another crucial factor in bringing the two league bodies together.
It is understood the top two clubs in the SPL, which were traditionally the Old Firm before Rangers were consigned to liquidation, would have most to lose financially under the proposals. But the unanimous backing from SPL clubs has sparked hope of a breakthrough among those involved in the lengthy process of moving towards reconstruction.
Doncaster added: "Unanimity amongst the SPL clubs has sometimes been difficult to achieve when we've been talking about structure. We're in a position where we do have that unanimous in-principle agreement from all 12 SPL clubs about their preferred way forward.
"We are looking to sit down with the SFL and the SFA at the earliest opportunity. I believe there is a potential get-together this Thursday, when we hope to sit down with them, talk to them about what could be involved and hopefully get buy-in from everyone."
The Scottish Football Association have been attempting to drive both leagues towards consensus and president Campbell Ogilvie believes there is more common ground than is portrayed.
He added: "The SFA have a really strong role to play in this and we will take a strong role. However, at the end of the day it is SPL clubs and SFL clubs that will vote on structure.
"I'm someone that tries to do things by consensus. We fully understand there are a lot of financial constraints and people have to look at their own issues short-term. But there has got to be more looking at the longer-term issues for the betterment of the game."