January Transfer Rumors: Tim Ream Scoped out by the Premier League
Young New York Red Bull center back Tim Ream has excelled in his two year career in the MLS and now it seems his skills have caught the eye of the Premier League. The 24 year-old Ream is training with two Premier League clubs during the MLS off-season, West Bromwich Albion and The Bolton Wanderers, and Ream was scouted by Arsenal during the MLS playoffs.
Metro.co.uk reports that Ream said a loan would be an attractive possibility, and that he would be willing to explore further.
Team USA coach Jürgen Klinsmann wants his USA players getting to learn and play in the Premiership, and has arranged for Brek Shea to train with Arsenal. Ream's club the New York Red Bulls seem reluctant to move him.
Here are the three teams that have showed some good interest in Ream.
Arsenal has already made an offer to Ream of £2.5 million—over $3.5 million—which was rejected by the Red Bulls. Arsenal has been reported to be returning with another offer of £4 million—over $6 million—in January when the window opens.
With Andre Santos out, Ream seems like an even greater acquisition for the Gunners. With Kierin Gibbs and Carl Jenkinson out as well, it only fuels Arsène Wenger to find someone fast, and Tim Ream could easily be that someone.
West Bromwich Albion
West Brom has already invited Ream to train at their camp during the MLS off-season and they have been quite impressed by the young defender. The Baggies Roy Hodgson has been very impressed by Ream during his time training with the club, and has said that Ream could play in the Premier League. Expressandstar.com reported Hodgson saying, "We would consider a loan, absolutely. It's to do with New York Red Bulls and the MLS."
Ream could be a good addition for West Brom after Gabriel Tamaș fell from grace after his three game ban for his elbowing incident. West Brom could use someone skilled on the back-line with Jonas Olsson and Ream could fit in.
Bolton Wanderers F.C.
Owen Coyle is looking at Tim Ream while he trains with Bolton during Ream's MLS break. Coyle is reported by eatsleepsport.com to be willing to make an offer on the US international if he impresses during his training week.
The offer that is reported to be in the works is £3 million for Ream to come over to the Wanderers, who are looking for a defender with Gary Cahill rumored and expected to be leaving soon for a high ranked Premiership team, leaving a void in the Bolton back-line. Bolton is the least likely of the three to get Ream, but has joined the fray nonetheless.