Southgate in the driving seat?

Gareth Southgate is reportedly the preferred candidate for the England managerial role
Gareth Southgate is reportedly the preferred candidate for the England managerial role

Thursday’s managerial and transfer stories from the paper and web

Daily Mail: Gareth Southgate is the FA’s preferred candidate to become England manager.

Daily Mirror: Scotland boss Gordon Strachan could resign before they meet England next month.

Cadena Ser: Gareth Bale is about to sign a new deal until 2022 with Real Madrid.

Sport: Bale’s team-mate Cristiano Ronaldo is set to pen a new five-year contract.

Daily Mirror: Manchester United could look to offload Wayne Rooney in the summer – but may have to pay off the 20 months left on his contract.

Daily Telegraph: Liverpool are setting a limit on how much they pay academy players; their 17-year-old first year professionals will earn a maximum of £40,000 per year.