Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Race to sign Ream hots up

Bolton Wanderers and West Brom have stepped up their interest in the highly-rated New York Red Bulls defender Tim Ream.

The 24-year-old USA international has spent time recently training with both Premier League sides and was impressed with what he saw.

He said: “I really enjoyed both clubs and I was treated very well. It was certainly good to get a feel for the environment in England and the day-to-day routine there. The level of play is very high and each day was a challenge.”

Baggies boss Roy Hodgson and Bolton manager Owen Coyle have both expressed their interest in signing the former Chicago Fire Premier defender who remains one of the most popular soccer betting tips for the future, although Red Bulls’ sporting director Erik Soler insists Ream is going nowhere.

The Red Bulls signed Ream in 2010 and he made his first-team debut for the club in March of that year when he starred in the 3-1 pre-season friendly victory against Brazilian side Santos. He quickly become a familiar figure with those who bet on soccer games.

His first MLS appearance came later that month in the 1-0 win against Chicago Fire and he has gone on to feature in 58 matches for the club.

Ream represented his country at the CONCACAF Gold Cup earlier this year after making his international debut in the 1-0 friendly victory against South Africa in November 2010.He featured in the Gold Cup games against Canada and Panama before being dropped for the last four matches in the tournament after conceding a penalty in the 2-1 defeat to Panama.

In October it was reported that Arsenal were keen to sign Ream and the Gunners had the player watched in the Red Bulls’ play-off clash against FC Dallas.

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