Bubba Wallace’s Black Lives Matter car: Why he changed No. 43 paint scheme for the Martinsville race

first_imgEverything aligned perfectly for Bubba Wallace to be able to make a statement with the paint scheme on his No. 43 Richard Petty Motorsports Chevrolet during Wednesday night’s NASCAR Cup Series race at Martinsville Speedway.Wallace, a 26-year-old who is the only black driver in NASCAR’s three top series, has been a leader for the sport amid global protests of racial injustice after the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and others at the hands of police. He wore a “Black Lives Matter” T-shirt during pre-race ceremonies last week at Atlanta and a day later called upon NASCAR to ban all Confederate flags from race tracks. His next action is scheduled for Wednesday night, and it will come from his car. “It’s not that we’re saying no other lives matter,” Wallace explained in RPM’s Twitter video. “We’re trying to say that black lives matter, too. If we put t-o-o on the end, I think a lot more people would understand it. We want to be treated equally and not judged off our skin color.”Rest in Power, Beautiful. @BlkLivesMatter honors those we have lost to police violence. #BlackLivesMatter #JusticeforGeorgeFloyd pic.twitter.com/AtqA0YtEOK— Black Lives Matter (@Blklivesmatter) May 29, 2020Per the organization’s website, Black Lives Matter “affirms the lives of Black queer and trans folks, disabled folks, undocumented folks, folks with records, women, and all Black lives along the gender spectrum. Our network centers those who have been marginalized within Black liberation movements.”We are working for a world where Black lives are no longer systematically targeted for demise. We affirm our humanity, our contributions to this society, and our resilience in the face of deadly oppression. The call for Black lives to matter is a rallying cry for ALL Black lives striving for liberation.” Bubba Wallace No. 43 car https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/36/cc/bubba-wallace-car-martinsville-ftr_1nuwakjmm27po1e71rt8zh92j4.jpg?t=-1688348118&w=500&quality=80 MORE: Odds for Wednesday’s race at MartinsvilleRichard Petty Motorsports on Tuesday unveiled a new blackout paint scheme for Wednesday night’s race that prominently features the Black Lives Matter hashtag among other symbolic logos. It just so happened that RPM had not yet sold a primary sponsor for the No. 43 car at Martinsville, so the paint scheme had been TBD.Wednesday night’s NASCAR Cup Series race at Martinsville is scheduled to start at 7 p.m. ET on FS1, but the forecast for the area called for scattered thunderstorms and the possibility of rain.RPM has not said what it would do with the Black Lives Matter car should the Martinsville race get postponed or even canceled. The next race on the schedule, Sunday’s event at Homestead-Miami Speedway, will run on an intermediate track and will require a different car than the short-track special the team has at Martinsville. If Wednesday night’s race gets postponed, it will either run June 17 or will be turned into a doubleheader at Homestead.Let’s hope NASCAR can get the race in Wednesday night so we all can see this beauty of a paint scheme in action.Bubba Wallace’s Black Lives Matter carBelow are some images of the paint scheme that will be featured on Wallace’s No. 43 Chevrolet Camaro for Wednesday night’s Martinsville race.center_img .@bubbawallace will run a special paint scheme to honor #BlackLivesMatter for Wednesday night’s race at @MartinsvilleSwy. pic.twitter.com/1axOlSsig7— NASCAR (@NASCAR) June 10, 2020Another look at the Bubba Wallace paint scheme for Martinsville: #nascar ⁦@NASCARONFOX⁩ pic.twitter.com/38dIi3aA3H— Bob Pockrass (@bobpockrass) June 9, 2020The image on the car’s hood of black and white hands grasping each other was illustrated by a Richard Petty Motorsports designer. The words compassion, love and understanding are featured below that logo as well as above the read bumper.The peace symbols on the rear quarterpanels, located below the Black Lives Matter hashtags and featuring hands of all colors, were actually Petty’s idea. The seven-time Cup Series champion’s cars in the 1960s and 1970s often featured peace signs in the interior.Why Bubba Wallace has a BLM paint scheme for Martinsville raceTechnically, the paint scheme for Wallace’s car at Martinsville was not changed because it was never set in the first place. In a video RPM tweeted Tuesday, Wallace explained the Martinsville race was open in the sense that the team had not yet sold a primary sponsor for the car.”It was actually on Blackout Tuesday, which was a special day and a big day for our country,” Wallace said of the day the decision to create a blackout car was made. Blackout Tuesday (June 2) was organized in the music industry as collective action to protest racism and police brutality. Many who participated simply posted all-black images to their social media accounts.pic.twitter.com/C9prFx4FFh— Bubba Wallace (@BubbaWallace) June 2, 2020Wallace continued: “It sparked an idea of, ‘Why not run a blackout car?’ I was like, ‘Absolutely, that would be incredible.’ Our team brought that idea to me, and I jumped all over it.”We had further conversations of, ‘Why not make a statement behind it and run a foundation or a charity that is helping push the narrative and initiative of what’s going on in the world today — racial inequality. Let’s find somebody that aligns with that. Why not dive straight into the root and putting Black Lives Matter on the car?'”Tomorrow night at @MartinsvilleSwy, @BubbaWallace will run a special #BlackLivesMatter paint scheme promoting racial equality. #CompassionLoveUnderstandingLearn more: pic.twitter.com/MHWwNzIzFJ— Richard Petty Motorsports (@RPMotorsports) June 9, 2020What is Black Lives Matter?Black Lives Matter, founded in 2013 in response to the acquittal of the man who killed Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Fla., is an organization with a mission “to eradicate white supremacy and build local power to intervene in violence inflicted on Black communities by the state and vigilantes.”The words “black lives matter” are meant to draw attention to the historic degradation of black people in the United States and have become a rallying cry beyond the organization itself — hence the hashtag. (NASCAR)last_img read more

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Clear Lake council expresses intent to enter into loan agreement for Courtway Park project

first_imgCLEAR LAKE — The Clear Lake City Council last night approved a resolution expressing the city’s intent to enter into a $4 million urban renewal economic development loan agreement as part of the Courtway Park Subdivision project. The council also reviewed a draft development agreement between the city and WillowStream LLC for a proposed $16 million hotel and conference center development on a 5.8 acre piece of land on the far southwestern part of the subdivision.  City Administrator Scott Flory says groundbreaking for the project is anticipated for next month. “The developer shall develop the property by constructing and maintaining an approximately 75 room, not less than midscale to upper-midscale hotel brand project. Number two, a restaurant. The developer shall improve on the property by creating an approximately 5000 square foot restaurant. Number three, a conference meeting and event center. The developer shall improve the property by creating an approximately 8500 square foot conference, event and meeting center.” Flory says as part of the development agreement, the hotel would have to create a minimum number of full-time jobs and there would be a minimum assessment agreement on the property. “Not less than $4.5 million taxable valuation during years one through four that the loan agreement would be forgivable. During years five through eight, it would be not less than $5 million taxable. In years eight through 12, it would be not less than $5.5 million taxable. Job creation and maintenance, the developer agrees to create not less than 25 full-time equivalent positions, and of course they would be under the obligation to maintain those throughout the term of the development commitments under the terms of the development agreement.” Flory says a market study shows Clear Lake is not capturing corporate travelers and group sales like reunions, weddings and other events.   “We are not competing well in terms of group room rentals and we’re not at all competing in terms of the corporate traveler.I think given this project and given its  location, we stand to be in the market on that.” Flory says the debt service on the $4 million loan would be substantially recouped by hotel-motel tax and property tax revenues.  “Essentially this project really pretty well stands on its own. When you look at the new property tax dollars that this project will create in property tax revenues, and that’s based at the $4.5 million level, and then you combine that with the anticipated room sales and what our local hotel-motel tax is at that rate, which is at 7%, you pretty well cover your debt service payment between those two.” Flory says the council will consider approving the development agreement at either their next meeting on October 21st or a special meeting before that.last_img read more

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Edwin Allen ready to FLOW at Champs

first_imgThree-time Girls’ champions Edwin Allen are in a good position to retain their title at the upcoming ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls’ Championships according to Principal Everton Walters. However, the $200,000, which was presented to the school by telecommunications sponsor FLOW as their Journey to Champs’ campaign continued, could not have come at a better time. “Although we are the champions, we have been struggling to find a way forward to Champs,” he explained. “We have had difficulties in terms of carrying out the different things that we are required to do funding Champs, which include food, accommodation, transportation, etc,” said Walters. “Receiving this $200,000 from FLOW is really timely. We appreciate it highly. It is going to help us as we prepare ourselves for Champs this year.” Walters added. The principal said the funds will go towards assisting with accommodation, which will cost the school close to $800,000 to cover the five days of the event which begins on March 15. COACH PLEASED Coach Michael Dyke was a happy man after receiving the funds. “It will definitely help us,” Dyke said. “We are strapped for cash, as everyone knows that financing this team from September to now is really costly. This assistance will go a far way in helping us as we continue to prepare for Girls’ Championships.” The coach said the three-time winners (2012, 2014, and 2015) are in “pretty good shape and everyone is rearing to go”. The Journey to Champs promotional campaign, which is run by FLOW and GraceKennedy, was well received by the school population. The students were treated to a stellar performance by popular recording artiste Busy Signal, accompanied by a team of FLOW dancers. Top class two sprinter Shellece Clarke said that FLOW and Grace’s involvement is positive. “I think it is a pretty good idea coming into the school and presenting such entertainment. We do not see this everyday, and we love it,” Clarke offered. The FLOW Journey to Champs moves on to reigning Boys’ Champions, Calabar High, on March 11.last_img read more

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EU Provides €2M to Fight Ebola Outbreak

first_imgShare this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) The European Commission (EU) Liberia office last weekend announced an allocation of additional €2 million to respond to the worst Ebola outbreak ever recorded in human history.According to a statement issued Wednesday by the EU office in Liberia, the amount brings the Commission’s aid to fight the Ebola epidemic in West Africa to €3.9 million. “The level of contamination on the ground remains extremely worrying and we need to scale up our action before many more lives are lost,” said Kristalina Georgieva, the EU Commissioner for International Cooperation, Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Response said. “I want to pay tribute to the health workers, who strive around the clock to help the victims, and prevent further contagion, often at serious risk to their own lives, she declared. The EU itself has deployed experts to the affected countries to help assess the situation and coordinate with the authorities. “But we need a sustained effort from the international community to help West Africa deal with this Ebola menace,” she added. The statement said that the additional EU funding, which will be channelled through the office of the WHO, Medicins Sans Frontieres (MSF), and the International Federation of the Red Cross (IFRC), will help contain the spread of the epidemic, and provide immediate healthcare to the affected communities.WHO is providing equipment and advice to the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare (MOH/SW) as well as coordination and epidemiological surveillance, while MSF is supporting the clinical management of cases,  including the isolation of patients and psychosocial support, and the tracing of suspected cases.For its part, IFRC is supporting National Red Cross societies to promote community awareness and preventative hygiene measures and providing safe burial of Ebola victims.The Ebola epidemic is taking a devastating toll on the Mano River Union (MRU) countries of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. To date, the outbreak has seen 1,200 cases and 670 deaths, including many health workers. According to the statement, the risk of the virus spreading to Europe is currently low, since most cases are in remote areas in the affected countries, and those who are ill with the disease or who are contacts are encouraged to remain isolated.The EU statement, however,  said the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) is keeping the situation constantly under review, and has issued several Rapid Risk Assessments providing guidance on how to proceed if suspected cases were detected in the EU. To date no cases have been detected among returning travelers in Europe, the statement added.last_img read more

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Thousands of Guyanese may be forced to return home

first_imgAftermath of Hurricane IrmaBY SAMUEL SUKHNANDANGuyanese nationals living in some Caribbean islands that have been hit by Hurricane Irma may be forced to return home. One senior British Virgin Islands (BVI) Government official has been reported as encouraging non-nationals, including Guyanese, to leave the British Overseas Territory.Reuben Stoby photosVincent Wheatley, the Sister Islands Programme Coordinator in the Deputy Governor’s Office of BVI, made the call for non-nationals, including Guyanese, who can’t find work after the damage caused by Hurricane Irma, to leave the island soon, the Caribbean Media Corporation (CMC) has reported.This call was made even as several Caribbean Community (Caricom) nationals, including those from Guyana and St Vincent and the Grenadines, were among other non-BVI nationals being housed in a community centre that had been stripped of its roofing shingles.The building is at risk of being flooded if it rains, as only the woodwork on the roof which was damaged in some areas, is protecting the occupants of the shelters from the elements.BVI’s 2010 Housing and Population Census Report shows that of the island’s 28,000 inhabitants, there was a small minority of people born on the BVI and there are over 113 countries’ nationals living there. Guyana is among the top 10 countries that accounted for a substantial portion of the population.A Guyanese professional living on that island told Guyana Times on Wednesday that he could not confirm whether the information of non-nationals being encouraged to return home is true. Daniel Singh, a former General Manager, said he plans to stay on and help in the rebuilding efforts.“I have not heard any similar sentiments from people that I have been in touch with. While I wouldn’t want to contradict what the gentleman may have said, I haven’t heard anything of that nature and I am not sure if he himself is speaking on behalf of the entire Government… BVI has been good to me and I have been encouraged to stay and help to rebuild,” he said.Singh said various country-related groups have arranged for their nationals to return home at this time, because a lot of people are without jobs. “So, indeed while persons are taking it on their own to leave because it may be in their best interest at this point in time, I am not aware that Government has asked people to leave, but have assured people that emergency measures have been taken.”According to him, there are Guyanese in every profession and every industry you can think of in BVI. A lot of them are employed in construction and other skilled areas. There are also Guyanese in Government, the financial services industry, tourism and other professional sectors. “Guyanese play a significant part in the economy on the BVI,” Singh said and he would want to think that they will stay and help to rebuild their homes, communities and the country as a whole.However, in explaining the devastation the hurricane has caused on the island, Singh told Guyana Times that his life has suddenly changed where he is now fetching water and using torchlights. But amidst the adversities, “We are trying to band in groups that are close to you, whether by virtue of proximity or by neighbours, to live under one roof that might have minimal damage. Communities have come together. It’s a crisis. But the response of the people has been quite positive. People have come together to share resources, vehicles and water supply. The response from Government and the other Private Sector has also been positive. People are getting back slowly to work.”The Guyanese national said at present there is not a separation of who is a BVI islander and who is a foreign national. People have come together regardless of nationalities and background. “While I am devastated by the damage caused by Irma, I am encouraged by the resolve and unity and the way people have banded together to solve the supply of basic human needs,” he further explained.Meanwhile, a Guyana-born journalist attached to the St Maarten Daily Herald told this newspaper that there are about 6000 Guyanese that are legally registered in that country. According to Alita Singh, this number could be much larger, because there might be some undocumented Guyanese who are living on the island, which was also severely affected by the hurricane.Alita said Guyanese are just a fraction of the entire 33,000 inhabitants on that island who are all facing the same issues of their homes being completely destroyed in some cases and their need for food, water and shelter. She said while Guyanese who have relatives on the island and may feel the need to assist them, she would advise them to send basic stuff such as clothing, cash and other items that are necessary at this time. When asked about whether the Government of that island has made any similar statements with regards to having Guyanese and other Caribbean nationals sent home, Singh said that has not been the case for St Maarten. Singh told this newspaper also that if there is any island in the Caribbean that has been devastated by the hurricane, there must be a reason for doing so.“No Government official has asked anyone to evacuate from St Maarten. A lot of the countries which has non-Dutch nationals have sent in or arranged for (either privately or via airlift) to evacuate their nationals out of St Maarten for the mere fact that our infrastructure cannot sustain people. We have not asked anyone to leave and every single evacuation has been voluntary.”During a press conference on Wednesday, Guyana’s Foreign Affairs Minister Carl Greenidge reminded that lack of communication still remains a major issue that the regional response effort faces. Minister Greenidge explained that while there is a basic framework of communication such as Honorary Consuls, Ambassadors and other diplomatic representatives, the storm has ravaged communications infrastructure, especially in places like St Maarten, St Barts and Barbuda.last_img read more

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Locals get chance to work together

first_imgAt this weekend’s Winternationals in Pomona, they will finally – officially – become full-time teammates. Worsham owns and operates two Funny Cars on the NHRA Powerade tour, driving the red Checker, Schuck’s, Kragen Auto Parts car, while hiring a driver to pilot an identical blue version of the Chevy fuel coupe. Since 2000, Frank Pedregon, Johnny Gray, and Phil Burkart have taken their turns in the blue car’s seat, and all had legions of fans and a good share of success. Arend was selected to take over the coveted ride in early December, as Worsham instituted a shake-up throughout the organization following a disappointing 2006 campaign. “2006 was not a good year, starting with me and extending throughout the program,” Worsham said. “In the past, we’ve always looked at ways to keep things moving in the same direction, but when 2006 ended, I knew it was time to think differently. Staying on that course wasn’t going to get us very far, so we started with a clean sheet of paper.” “Letting Phil Burkart go was a tough decision, one of the toughest I’ve ever had to make, but I’m the one who put Jeff in the car and I stand by the reason why. I brought in Jeff Arend because I think he makes us a better team.” Arend wasn’t the only change. “We’ve also brought in a number of new crew guys, we have a new custom-built transporter that we designed for our specific needs, and the one key thing we seem to have developed over the off-season is a fresh new attitude. Del Worsham and Jeff Arend are both still young men, but between them they have been driving Funny Cars for nearly 40 years. They’ve known each other since 1995, have been good friends for much of that time. With Worsham in Chino Hills and Arend in San Dimas, they have lived within a few short miles of each other for a half-decade. center_img “With some new guys on the team, and with Jeff taking over the seat in the blue car, there’s a buzz and an energy around here, and it feels good. We’re excited to get going.” The fact Worsham would want to erase memories of his winless 2006 season is easier to understand when one recalls the final days of the campaign, at the same Pomona track. Worsham’s car was finally coming around after a major tune-up overhaul, and he was sitting in the No. 1 qualifying position as he readied himself for the Friday night qualifying session. There was, actually, nothing he could do to truly be ready for what happened next. As television viewers from coast-to-coast saw, on a regular basis for the next 24 hours, Worsham crashed heavily into the sand pit and catch fences at the end of the Pomona strip, somersaulting his car and breaking his tailbone, though he was lucky to walk away with such limited injuries. “What I remember when I look back at the end of 2006 was the fact the car was finally coming around and it was fast,” Worsham said. “What everyone else remembers is the crash. That’s understandable, because it was big, and nasty, and very violent. “But, all I wanted to do was get back in the car.” The changes made to the car by the crew appeared to have taken hold before Worsha, became “an ESPN highlight for a day.” “”Once the race was over, it was time to focus on what we wanted to do, and I wanted to jump-start this team a little,” said Worsham. “I’ve known Jeff since 1995, and I have a huge amount of respect for his driving skills. He hasn’t always been able to race as much as the rest of us, because of sponsorship issues, and he hasn’t always had the best stuff to race with, but when it comes to driving the car he’s very good. “I was excited to bring him in, and so far it looks like we really made a good choice. Throughout winter testing, he’s done a great job and his team is pumped up.” Arend was born and raised in Toronto, Canada, but the young hot rodder made the move to the mecca of drag racing, Southern California, in 1997. With one early win under his belt (Reading, Penn. in 1996) Arend had high hopes for a quick rise to the top of the sport, but the difficulty of finding and maintaining a full sponsorship kept him mostly sidelined until 2004. He did manage to put enough backing together to complete most of the tour in ’04 and ’05, but was again on the sidelines in 2006 when Worsham came calling with a one-race deal. “Del had three cars going for the first half of last year, but the third car was a contracted deal with Mike Ashley, who had his own sponsorship arrangements,” Arend said. “When Mike decided to go on his own, Del wanted to run three cars in St. Louis, so they brought out the team’s “special edition” Murray’s Discount Auto car, to support that chain of midwestern stores that CSK had just purchased. He asked me to drive it for the weekend, and I jumped at the chance to work with Del and his guys. “We qualified for the race, but lost in the first round. Just like that it was over, and I figured it was back to work for me, at my real job.” But the labor force will have to wait. “At the end of the season, Del talked to me about the future,” Arend said. “I told him I’d be honored to ever have the chance to work for him and be a part of his organization. “I think Del is as good as they come, as a driver and a boss. Within a few days we worked it out, with me bringing an associate sponsorship with me, and now here I am. After 12 years of trying to bust through in this sport, I wake up one morning and I’m finally driving one of the best cars in the game, with major sponsorship, for a great team. “On top of that, I get to be teammates with one of the best guys out here, who is a really good friend.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Man City handed boost in chase for Argentine wonderkid

first_imgManchester City target Paulo Dybala is too expensive for Napoli and any other Italian team, according to the president of his current club Palermo.The in-form striker, who dreams of playing for Manuel Pellegrini’s side or Barcelona, was reportedly close to tying up a move to Naples where he could play alongside fellow Argentinean striker Gonzalo Higuain.But Palermo president Maurizio Zamparini says there there is no deal in the offing and the player’s advisors are unsettling the 21-year-old.“Paulo Dybala, although very young is one of the best strikers in the world,” Zamparini said.“His future? The problem is not the boy but his agents. I am sorry for this. I’ve been to London and I have received calls from all over Europe.“I would be happy Napoli bought him, but I don’t think he is within their reach. Dybala is out of reach of all Italian companies.” 1 Palermo striker Paulo Dybala last_img read more

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LADIES GAA: TERMON LADIES SAY ‘THANKS’ TO THE LAGOON

first_imgA GREAT deal of hard work goes into every GAA club.And a key part of the mechanics of running and funding a team is the generous support of sponsors.So pictured here are John and Kate McCafferty, the Lagoon Termon, presenting Termon Senior Ladies Manager Hugh Harkin and panel with hoodies prior to their County Final success. Said Hugh: “We just wanted to say ‘thanks’ to the John, Kate and all at the Lagoon on behalf of the team.” LADIES GAA: TERMON LADIES SAY ‘THANKS’ TO THE LAGOON was last modified: October 19th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:LADIES GAA: TERMON LADIES SAY ‘THANKS’ TO THE LAGOONlast_img read more

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Chelsea starlet set for Ipswich Town move

first_img The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star The 18-year-old is one of the brightest talents in the Chelsea academy but has yet to feature for the first team.Hurst said: “I’ll be open with you, he’s the player I’m talking about.“We’re just trying to finalise a few things and then hopefully, fingers crossed, no last minute hiccups, he can be part of the squad and the first signing.”He added: “ He’s a very good player, very highly thought of, someone that in whichever position he’s in he’s very comfortable on the ball.“Speaking to him, he sees the importance of this loan. If we do managed to secure that signing we’ll have fought off quite a bit of competition for him, so I think he’ll be a great addition.”Chalobah signed his first professional contract with Chelsea in June 2016, committing himself the the Blues until the end of 2018/19.He has not yet made a senior appearance for Chelsea, but is just short of 100 matches at various youth levels.He is the brother of former Chelsea wonderkid Nathaniel, who currently plays for Watford. Man City eye Poch, Haaland pictured with United shirt, Chelsea dealt double blow RANKED IN DEMAND 1 LATEST TRANSFER NEWS targets Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland targets Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ LATEST REVEALED The bizarre reason why Man United didn’t sign new Liverpool playmaker Minamino Gossip blunder Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Ipswich Town is  are close to finalising a season-long loan deal for Chelsea youngster Trevor Chalobah.The centre-back is set to become new boss Paul Hurst’s first signing at Portman Road. He is set to be Paul Hurst’s first signing last_img read more

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