Bale’s lengthy spell on the sidelines?

Gareth Bale could be out for four months

Gareth Bale could be out for four months

Friday’s football and managerial news from at home and abroad

AS: Gareth Bale’s ankle injury means the Real Madrid forward could face a four-month absence.

The Sun: Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho is set to spend heavily in January’s transfer window with the defence a priority.

Daily Telegraph: Everton and West Bromwich Albion will compete for the £20m signing of United midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin.

The Times: Arsenal will not recall Jack Wilshere from his loan at Bournemouth despite Santi Cazorla’s three-month injury absence.

Daily Mail: Manchester City have target Southampton’s Virgil van Dijk and Sporting Lisbon’s William Carvalho as replacements for Vincent Kompany and Yaya Toure.

The Guardian: Crystal Palace boss Alan Pardew’s future may be in doubt but he is making plans to sign players in January.

Daily Mirror: Should Pardew be sacked by Palace, former Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini would be interested in any vacancy.